Press Notice No: 124
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Posted 16:22 GMT
POWERBOAT ACCIDENT IN WEYMOUTH BAY
Two people on board a power boat have been rescued from the sea following a racing event this afternoon in Weymouth Bay.
At 2.29pm Portland Coastguard was alerted to an accident involving a power boat which had flipped over. The two crew on board had both been injured. The vessel was in the area of Weymouth Town Beach and the harbour entrance.
The casualties were recovered from the water and to enable a quick transfer to hospital, the most severely injured casualty was taken aboard the Weymouth RNLI lifeboat and winched by the Portland Coastguard Rescue Helicopter to fly onwards to Southampton General Hospital.
The second casualty was transferred to Southampton General Hospital by the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Helimed 10.
Wyke Regis Coastguard Rescue Team was on scene at Weymouth and Southampton Coastguard Rescue Team was called out to secure the helicopter landing site.
A report has been made to the MAIB, (Marine Accident Investigation Branch).
Notes to Editors
1. Stay safe - before heading out on the water get trained, check weather and tides, wear a lifejacket, avoid alcohol and keep in touch
Follow us on Twitter. Find us at MCA_media
Posted By: Julia Gosling
For further details contact:
The Maritime & Coastguard Agency Press Office
023 8032 9401