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Lymington RNLI rescues racing yacht sailor struck on head by boom

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LYMINGTON RNLI rescuers rushed to help a racing yacht sailor who was struck on the head by a boom off the Isle of Wight.

A Mayday call went out shortly before 11am on Sunday 21st November, reporting the casualty was injured as the craft sailed just outside of Yarmouth.

The lifeboat was launched but as it headed towards this location, the yacht was found making its way towards the Lymington River.

(Photo: Lymington RNLI)
(Photo: Lymington RNLI)

Once the rescue vessel had been brought alongside, the casualty was taken on board and assessed for head injuries before being brought back to the lifeboat station and handed over to paramedics.

Lymington RNLI helm James Lever said afterwards: “The crew did exactly the right thing in calling for help immediately, and all people on board were good experienced sailors and were wearing lifejackets.

“It was also good to see lifeboat crew member Ben Jefferys administer the casualty care, which was his first after passing his exams.”

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