Yachtsman killed after getting caught in strong winds in The Solent

The RNLI were on the scene.

The RNLI were on the scene.

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A YACHTSMAN was killed in the Solent this afternoon after strong winds battered his boat.

Emergency services launched into action on the water and in the air after reports that a man had been left seriously injured on his large yacht shortly after 1pm.

The man, believed to be in his 30's, suffered fatal head injuries after being hit by the boom on a private boat, off Gurnard Ledge.

The alarm was raised by a ketch which radioed Solent Coastguards, who alerted the Cowes RNLI lifeboat, the police launch Commander and the Lee-on-Solent based rescue helicopter.

The winchman from the helicopter was lowered to the Southampton-based yacht, where the man was declared deceased by the SAR paramedic.

Earlier the lifeboat acted as go-between for the winchman, taking him on board then transferring him to the police launch from which he was lifted back into the helicopter.

His death is not being treated as suspicious and the coroner and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) have been infofrmed.

A MCA spokesperson said: "A fatality occurred aboard a yacht in the Solent earlier today after a crew member was apparently struck on the head by the vessel's boom.

"The helicopter's winchman was lowered aboard and the casualty was declared deceased on the vessel by the SAR Paramedic.

"The casualty remained on the yacht to be taken to Trinity Landing at Cowes, where the vessel was received by a Coastguard rescue team and Hampshire Police.

"The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has been informed."

This was the second incident in just two days that the Cowes lifeboat had been called out to a yacht where a yachtsman had been a casualty of the strong winds and comes just hours after the remnants of hurricane Bertha, which battered the Caribbean, hit the south coast, bringing with it strong winds, high waves and heavy rain.

Harry Leslie, lifeboat launch authority, said: “Irrespective of the outcome, this was a good example of emergency services working in a joined up fashion to deal with a most unfortunate incident.

“It shows the value of joint training carried out in the Solent by all these rescue units.”

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5:50pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Kirsty666 says...

Rest in peace you poor man and condolences to the family and friends of him
Rest in peace you poor man and condolences to the family and friends of him Kirsty666
  • Score: 13

6:21pm Mon 11 Aug 14

thinklikealocal says...

_watchman wrote:
Very sad to hear, that someone has lost their life today as much as any day. However, I checked the forecast before walking to the shops, and I am not a yachtsman. Quite apart from the fact that others risk their own lives to rescue those that put themselves in this situation.
Once again I'm sorry for the family's loss.
The boat wasn't foundering or in trouble, the guy got hit by the boom and no doubt sustained a serious head injury. It's a risk any day you are on a sailboat although strong winds will maybe make it move around a bit more forcefully. Sad news.
[quote][p][bold]_watchman[/bold] wrote: Very sad to hear, that someone has lost their life today as much as any day. However, I checked the forecast before walking to the shops, and I am not a yachtsman. Quite apart from the fact that others risk their own lives to rescue those that put themselves in this situation. Once again I'm sorry for the family's loss.[/p][/quote]The boat wasn't foundering or in trouble, the guy got hit by the boom and no doubt sustained a serious head injury. It's a risk any day you are on a sailboat although strong winds will maybe make it move around a bit more forcefully. Sad news. thinklikealocal
  • Score: 14

6:39pm Mon 11 Aug 14

ChandlersFordKev says...

_watchman wrote:
Very sad to hear, that someone has lost their life today as much as any day. However, I checked the forecast before walking to the shops, and I am not a yachtsman. Quite apart from the fact that others risk their own lives to rescue those that put themselves in this situation.
Once again I'm sorry for the family's loss.
He got hit by the boom. According to the story, it was a large yacht and although it was stormy, it was not particularly bad.

Based on probabilities before the event, the guy was more likely to killed by a falling tree than this, if he had stayed on land.

A tragic accident.
[quote][p][bold]_watchman[/bold] wrote: Very sad to hear, that someone has lost their life today as much as any day. However, I checked the forecast before walking to the shops, and I am not a yachtsman. Quite apart from the fact that others risk their own lives to rescue those that put themselves in this situation. Once again I'm sorry for the family's loss.[/p][/quote]He got hit by the boom. According to the story, it was a large yacht and although it was stormy, it was not particularly bad. Based on probabilities before the event, the guy was more likely to killed by a falling tree than this, if he had stayed on land. A tragic accident. ChandlersFordKev
  • Score: 12

7:29pm Mon 11 Aug 14

elvisimo says...

_watchman wrote:
Very sad to hear, that someone has lost their life today as much as any day. However, I checked the forecast before walking to the shops, and I am not a yachtsman. Quite apart from the fact that others risk their own lives to rescue those that put themselves in this situation.
Once again I'm sorry for the family's loss.
What do you suggest the 'rescue' services are actually for. ( I've given you a clue)
[quote][p][bold]_watchman[/bold] wrote: Very sad to hear, that someone has lost their life today as much as any day. However, I checked the forecast before walking to the shops, and I am not a yachtsman. Quite apart from the fact that others risk their own lives to rescue those that put themselves in this situation. Once again I'm sorry for the family's loss.[/p][/quote]What do you suggest the 'rescue' services are actually for. ( I've given you a clue) elvisimo
  • Score: 8

7:58pm Mon 11 Aug 14

_watchman says...

elvisimo wrote:
_watchman wrote:
Very sad to hear, that someone has lost their life today as much as any day. However, I checked the forecast before walking to the shops, and I am not a yachtsman. Quite apart from the fact that others risk their own lives to rescue those that put themselves in this situation.
Once again I'm sorry for the family's loss.
What do you suggest the 'rescue' services are actually for. ( I've given you a clue)
And if a member of those " rescue " services were killed during a " rescue " it would be my fault then ? The clue is in your own comment !
[quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]_watchman[/bold] wrote: Very sad to hear, that someone has lost their life today as much as any day. However, I checked the forecast before walking to the shops, and I am not a yachtsman. Quite apart from the fact that others risk their own lives to rescue those that put themselves in this situation. Once again I'm sorry for the family's loss.[/p][/quote]What do you suggest the 'rescue' services are actually for. ( I've given you a clue)[/p][/quote]And if a member of those " rescue " services were killed during a " rescue " it would be my fault then ? The clue is in your own comment ! _watchman
  • Score: -10

8:06pm Mon 11 Aug 14

_watchman says...

ChandlersFordKev wrote:
_watchman wrote:
Very sad to hear, that someone has lost their life today as much as any day. However, I checked the forecast before walking to the shops, and I am not a yachtsman. Quite apart from the fact that others risk their own lives to rescue those that put themselves in this situation.
Once again I'm sorry for the family's loss.
He got hit by the boom. According to the story, it was a large yacht and although it was stormy, it was not particularly bad.

Based on probabilities before the event, the guy was more likely to killed by a falling tree than this, if he had stayed on land.

A tragic accident.
And air travel is safer than driving a car ! but they don't fly in bad weather !
[quote][p][bold]ChandlersFordKev[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]_watchman[/bold] wrote: Very sad to hear, that someone has lost their life today as much as any day. However, I checked the forecast before walking to the shops, and I am not a yachtsman. Quite apart from the fact that others risk their own lives to rescue those that put themselves in this situation. Once again I'm sorry for the family's loss.[/p][/quote]He got hit by the boom. According to the story, it was a large yacht and although it was stormy, it was not particularly bad. Based on probabilities before the event, the guy was more likely to killed by a falling tree than this, if he had stayed on land. A tragic accident.[/p][/quote]And air travel is safer than driving a car ! but they don't fly in bad weather ! _watchman
  • Score: -4

9:02pm Mon 11 Aug 14

thinklikealocal says...

_watchman wrote:
elvisimo wrote:
_watchman wrote:
Very sad to hear, that someone has lost their life today as much as any day. However, I checked the forecast before walking to the shops, and I am not a yachtsman. Quite apart from the fact that others risk their own lives to rescue those that put themselves in this situation.
Once again I'm sorry for the family's loss.
What do you suggest the 'rescue' services are actually for. ( I've given you a clue)
And if a member of those " rescue " services were killed during a " rescue " it would be my fault then ? The clue is in your own comment !
For pities sake You don't get it do you. The rescue services were called out to a medical emergency caused by an ACCIDENT! I'm afraid you've got the wrong end of the DE poor reporting/misleading headline stick and seem either unable or unwilling to admit it!
[quote][p][bold]_watchman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]_watchman[/bold] wrote: Very sad to hear, that someone has lost their life today as much as any day. However, I checked the forecast before walking to the shops, and I am not a yachtsman. Quite apart from the fact that others risk their own lives to rescue those that put themselves in this situation. Once again I'm sorry for the family's loss.[/p][/quote]What do you suggest the 'rescue' services are actually for. ( I've given you a clue)[/p][/quote]And if a member of those " rescue " services were killed during a " rescue " it would be my fault then ? The clue is in your own comment ![/p][/quote]For pities sake You don't get it do you. The rescue services were called out to a medical emergency caused by an ACCIDENT! I'm afraid you've got the wrong end of the DE poor reporting/misleading headline stick and seem either unable or unwilling to admit it! thinklikealocal
  • Score: 7

8:57am Tue 12 Aug 14

elvisimo says...

_watchman wrote:
elvisimo wrote:
_watchman wrote:
Very sad to hear, that someone has lost their life today as much as any day. However, I checked the forecast before walking to the shops, and I am not a yachtsman. Quite apart from the fact that others risk their own lives to rescue those that put themselves in this situation.
Once again I'm sorry for the family's loss.
What do you suggest the 'rescue' services are actually for. ( I've given you a clue)
And if a member of those " rescue " services were killed during a " rescue " it would be my fault then ? The clue is in your own comment !
Clueless
[quote][p][bold]_watchman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]_watchman[/bold] wrote: Very sad to hear, that someone has lost their life today as much as any day. However, I checked the forecast before walking to the shops, and I am not a yachtsman. Quite apart from the fact that others risk their own lives to rescue those that put themselves in this situation. Once again I'm sorry for the family's loss.[/p][/quote]What do you suggest the 'rescue' services are actually for. ( I've given you a clue)[/p][/quote]And if a member of those " rescue " services were killed during a " rescue " it would be my fault then ? The clue is in your own comment ![/p][/quote]Clueless elvisimo
  • Score: 0

9:00am Tue 12 Aug 14

forest hump says...

It is a tragic event. However, those who partake are fully (or should be) aware of the risks. Mountain climbers, hang gilders, BASE jumpers....et al. They all know the risks and should be prepared for the consequence. I think the DE make a big deal out of something that should be reported sensitively.
It is a tragic event. However, those who partake are fully (or should be) aware of the risks. Mountain climbers, hang gilders, BASE jumpers....et al. They all know the risks and should be prepared for the consequence. I think the DE make a big deal out of something that should be reported sensitively. forest hump
  • Score: 2

12:34pm Tue 12 Aug 14

From the sidelines says...

One pits oneself against the elements precisely because there is a chance that the elements will win.

That's what makes it exciting.
One pits oneself against the elements precisely because there is a chance that the elements will win. That's what makes it exciting. From the sidelines
  • Score: 2

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