LIFESAVERS were called to a Mayday incident to yacht with badly injured crewman today.
Crew aboard the RNLI’s Atlantic 85 Lifeboat abandoned training to assist a with the incident shortly after midday, after hearing a DSC emergency distress signal and a Mayday call over the VHF radio gtom a Sunsail 4035 yacht.
Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service was also sent out.
The Russian crew reported that they had struck a navigational marker and had an injured crewman.
A Gafirs spokesman said: ‘None of the crew on board the yacht spoke English, they were therefore unable to pass their exact position or the nature of their emergency to the coastguard.’
The boat was just south of Portsmouth Harbour, and Solent Coastguard sent out its helicopter Rescue 104 and local Gosport Rescue.
Portsmouth RNLI Lifeboat Norma T discovered the injured crewman had a serious head injury after being struck by the yacht’s boom.
An RNLI first aider and a paramedic from Gosport Rescue climbed onboard the moving yacht to assist the Coastguard paramedic in stabilising the injured crewman.
Once the casualty was stabilised, Coastguard Rescue 104 manoeuvred behind the yacht and airlifted the patient to Southampton General hospital.