Serious RIB Incident Off The Isle Of Wight

Helicopter Practising Resue

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has announced that Solent Coastguard has been coordinating the search and rescue of four people on a small boat off the Isle of Wight, this afternoon.
The Coastguard received a 999 call at 16:49 informing them that four people on a rigid hull inflatable boat (RIB) were in trouble off the Needles. 
The Coastguard Rescue helicopter already airborne on exercise was tasked to the scene and Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat was requested to launch. The Isle of Wight Ambulance Service was tasked to attend at Yarmouth.
Tony Wheeler, Watch Manager, Solent Coastguard, says:
We understand that two of the four people on board the rhib fell into the water and have sustained injuries from the propeller.  One has been airlifted and taken to Southampton General Hospital by the Coastguard Rescue helicopter, the other casualty has been taken by Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat to Yarmouth where they were met by the Ambulance service and transferred to St Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight.”