Weymouth lifeboat called to sailor with head injury

Lifeboats News Release

Weymouth all-weather lifeboat was launched at 12.20pm on Saturday 29th June to go to the assistance of a sailor with a reported head injury.

Weymouth lifeboat with helicopter

RNLI/Ken Francis

Weymouth lifeboat with helicopter

Solent Coastguard had reported that a 32' yacht from Poole, which was sailing to Weymouth when the 70 year old skipper had been struck by the boom.

On scene at 12.42pm, approx 4 miles South of Bats Head, the Coxswain went alongside of the yacht and transferred two of the lifeboat volunteer crew onto the yacht to assess the casualty.

The rescue helicopter from Lee-on-Solent, which had also been tasked to go the yacht, dropped the paramedic winch man onto the lifeboat who then also transferred to the yacht.

It was felt that casualty needed to go to hospital for treatment. At this time the lifeboat was not very far from Weymouth Harbour so it was decided to proceed back to port as soon as possible.

Arriving back at Weymouth the lifeboat crew were able to pass the casualty to a waiting ambulance for transfer to DCH.

In the mean time the crew from the lifeboat who had transferred to the yacht helped the other inexperienced crew of the yacht sail back to Weymouth.

Once the casualty was on his way to hospital the lifeboat proceeded back out into Weymouth Bay and transferred the winch man back up into the helicopter.

The lifeboat crew returned to station and made ready for the next shout at 2.39pm.

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