On Sunday, April 26th 2009, Jonathan Rhoades and Dick Young of Rhoades Young design group, were guests at the Shipman regatta in Slovenia. During the second day of racing , in calm conditions, an accident on a 70 foot sailing yacht produced a serious injury to Jonathan Rhoades of Rhoades Young design group.
A doctor was immediately transferred from a nearby yacht and it was established that Jonathan should be air-evacuated to Ljubljana University hospital. This was speedily carried out as the crew of the boat, the local police and the Medivac service performed efficiently and without delay.
His foot was squeezed by a hydraulic winch. Despite fast transportation to the hospital in Ljubljana and the efforts of the specialists, it was not possible to save his foot.
His family has now being brought to Ljubljana and Jonathan’s spirits are improving. At present we are waiting for further news from the doctors and we hope to be able to transport Jonathan back to UK as soon as possible.
All parties, since the first incidence of the accident, have been exemplary in their efforts for which we are all very grateful. We have also received many messages of goodwill, which gives Jonathan great solace and support.
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