The injured skipper is taken along Trinity Landing on a spinal board. Picture courtesy of Cowes RNLI.
A YACHTSMAN returning home to Norway after competing in the Cowes Week regatta suffered a potentially serious injury, when he was thrown across the cockpit and through a steering wheel.
The skipper of the 40ft ocean racer Asiss, was conscious but shaken following his ordeal yesterday (Sunday) evening.
The Cowes RNLI lifeboat was called to the scene, a mile out in the Solent, shortly after 7pm. The yacht appeared to have been involved in an accidental gybe.
The lifeboat towed the yacht, which had competed in the IRC Class One race, to Trinity Landing, Cowes.
An ambulance was on hand to meet the 56-year-old, who was transferred on a spinal board.
Lifeboat crew member Dr Will King said: "He had been thrown so violently through one of the steering wheels that its spokes were broken. Although conscious, he was obviously very shaken. He suffered a lot of pain in one of his arms, which could well have been broken, and also had burn marks on his neck."
*It was incorrectly reported that the injured captain was Patrick Moreton. Patrick Moreton was the lifeboat skipper.