Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 3 September 2014

RNLI saves Murray celebration man

A yachtsman dislocated his shoulder when he jumped into the water to celebrate Andy Murray's Wimbledon win

A yachtsman had to be rescued by a lifeboat after he dislocated his shoulder when he jumped into the water to celebrate Andy Murray's win at Wimbledon.

The 45-year-old was on board his friend's 39ft (12m) yacht Bliss, moored at Newtown Creek, Isle of Wight, when he suffered the injury as he dived into the sea and had to be brought ashore by the Cowes RNLI lifeboat before being taken to hospital by ambulance.

An RNLI spokesman said: "The 45-year-old man decided to take a celebratory dive into the sea on news of Murray's championship victory.

"As he hit the water, however, his right shoulder became dislocated. Although his arm was now firmly stuck in the air he still somehow managed to swim to the boat's rear platform where he was helped back on board by the owner.

"After being alerted by Solent Coastguards of the incident, the lifeboat was launched just after 6pm and was quickly on the scene. One of the lifeboat crew, Dr Will King, checked the man over before he was transferred to the lifeboat. He was then taken to Trinity Landing, Cowes, where an ambulance was waiting to convey him to Newport's St Mary's Hospital.

"On the way to Cowes, the injured man told the crew that dislocation of his shoulder was a recurring problem for him. The last time was when he fell on the yacht while celebrating St Patrick's Day. But on that occasion he managed to put his shoulder back without the need of outside assistance."

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