Cowes Week yachtsman dies after being pulled unconscious from water (Update 3)

A man in his 60s fell from an RS Elite class yacht at Cowes Week. Crew from another boat retrieved him and emergency services worked to revive him. Update: Sadly he’s passed away.

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Emergency services were called to Cowes today after a man was pulled unconscious from the water at Osborne Bay.

The man in his 60s had been racing an RS Elite class yacht in the Cowes Week Regatta in the Bay and had been dragged along in the water by the boat.

Sadly, the man was pronounced dead at St Mary’s Hospital.

Rescue attempts
Another racer from the same class (sailing Riff Raff) dived in to the water to retrieve the man, who was lifted onto a RIB.

The Cowes RNLI lifeboat escorted the RIB back to Trinity Landing pontoon.

What is RS Elite class?
The RS Elite class yachts are small craft with only 3 crew.
A modern classic style keelboat designed for racing.
More on RS Elite class

Taken to St Mary’s Hospital
A paramedic was winched down from the helicopter to the lifeboat, who then worked on the patient for around 15 minutes, before he was driven to St Mary’s Hospital in an ambulance.

Crew from Ventnor Coastguard were also in attendance.

Challenging conditions
A spokesperson for Cowes RNLI told OnTheWight the wind was gusting up to 38 knots in Solent today.

Update from Police
A spokesperson for the Police told OnTheWight,

“We were called just after midday today (August 10) to reports of a man who had been pulled from the water at Cowes.

“A man was taken to St Mary’s Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

“His next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

“At this stage the death is not being treated as suspicious. Investigations are ongoing.”

Isle of Wight NHS Trust statement
An Isle of Wight NHS Trust spokesperson said,

“Despite the best efforts by crew, the RNLI, a medically qualified person nearby, the ambulance service and the Emergency department, the individual could not be saved.”

Our sincerest thoughts are with man’s family, crew and friends, as well as the emergency services who all worked hard to revive him.

Cowes Week Ltd statement
Statement on behalf of Cowes Week Limited:

The team at Lendy Cowes Week are extremely sad to confirm the death of one of our competitors while racing here today (Friday 10th August).

The casualty was quickly transferred to shore by an event safety boat. Medical assistance was waiting on shore and the casualty was then taken by ambulance to St Mary’s Hospital, Newport, where he was pronounced dead. Next of kin have been informed.

The team at Lendy Cowes Week are deeply saddened by this news and our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.

Article edit
15.50: Update added from police with news the man had passed away
16:16 Updated with IW NHS statement
17:11 Updated with Cowes Week comments

Image: © With kind permission of Nick Edwards

Friday, 10th August, 2018 3:31pm



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All of us who play on the water – cruisers, racers, potterers – we know theres a slim risk.

Amongst the fun of the fireworks, I for one will think of a sailor who didn’t make it back to the pontoon.