A yachtsman who sustained a serious head injury eight miles out in the Bristol Channel was brought safely back to Penarth today after an operation involving Barry Dock lifeboat, Penarth Coastguard officers ,a Coastguard helicopter and NHS Paramedics.
The casualty was the skipper of a 45 foot long ocean-going steel yacht “Faytira“. It’s understood he was hit on the head by the boom of the vessel in rough seas near Steepholm leaviong his two fellow crew members to contend with his injuries and sail the boat.
As Penarth Lifeboat was already committed to carrying out scheduled engine tests this morning , Milford Haven Coastguard deployed Barry Dock lifeboat to attend the incident with an NHS paramedic on board.
Milford Coastguard also called in a Coastguard rescue helicopter in case the casualty needed to be airlifted from his yacht straight to hospital – but in the end that option proved unnecessary.
Two lifeboat crew members boarded the yacht in mid-channel to bring her into Penarth whilst and the NHS paramedic administered first-aid on board and carried out medical checks .
The lifeboat and the yacht both locked into Cardiff Bay and tied up at the water taxi landing stage where Penarth Coastguard officers and an NHS ambulance were waiting to take the injured crewman to hospital for further treatment and checks .