An overexcited fan had to be picked up by Cowes RNLI after he dislocated his shoulder jumping from his friend's yacht in celebration of Andy Murray's Wimbledon Tennis win
A 45-year-old man had to be rescued by Cowes RNLI after celebrations following Andy Murray’s Wimbledon Tennis 2013 win got out of hand.
The man, who had been aboard his friend’s 39ft yacht, Bliss, which was moored in Newtown Creek, injured his shoulder after diving into the water on hearing that Andy Murray had ended the 77-year drought of British men’s singles champions.
The RNLI said that as the man hit the water his right shoulder became dislocated. A spokesperson said, “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 to the incident, the Cowes RNLI lifeboat was launched just after 6pm and one of the crew checked the injured man before he was transferred to hospital.
The RNLI said, “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.”
Photo: RNLI/George Chastney