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Cowes lifeboat responds to injured yachtsman call

Lifeboats News Release

Cowes lifeboat was alerted by UK Coastguards to a yachtsman who had severely crushed a finger east of Cowes, this afternoon.

But before the lifeboat could be launched just after 2.30 pm the man’s yacht, the 11 metre Destiny, arrived under its own power off the lifeboat station, from where it was directed to nearby Trinity Landing. While the lifeboat crew hurriedly made their way to the landing with a First Aid kit a call was made for an ambulance.

Eventually the man, one of two aboard the yacht, was taken for treatment to St Mary’s Hospital, Newport. It appeared his finger was crushed while he was in the process of retrieving the anchor in Osborne Bay.

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