Portsmouth RNLI's Atlantic 85 Lifeboat abandoned a training exercise in the Solent this afternoon to assit the coastguard helicopter's rescue of a crew man suffering from serious head injuries.
A RNLI first aider transferred to the yacht where they found that a man had been injured after being struck by the boom. The Portsmouth lifeboat then helped to transfer a suitable harness to the boat and the casualty was safely evacuated.
A man is being treated at Southampton General Hospital for head injuries after he was rescued from a yacht on the Solent.
It's understood that the man, who was a Russian national, was picked up from near Gilkicker Point.
More pictures coming in. Solent Coastguard helped at the scene as 16 scouts and three leaders became stuck in marshland.