Two Lifeboats and coastguard crews were involved in a weekend catamaran capsize drama off Eastney Beach.
The incident happened around 12.30pm on Sunday when a radio call for help was made to the coastguard operations control the centre in Fareham.
The emergency call was made from a passing vessel, who spotted the Cataman was in trouble and needed assistants.
The passing vessel spotted a lone sailor had capsize his Catamaran off the Eastney seafront.He was being pushed towards the beach in high winds and a breaking swell. The quick think yachtsman alerted Solent coastguard.
The Langstone harbour master and Portsmouth RNLI Lifeboat ” Brians Pride” was launched to investigate.
On arrival the lifeboat crew found solo sailor was collapsed on the beach. After capsizing the sailor quickly became exhausted in an attempt to swim to the shore.
The exhausted sailor was pulled clear from the waves by members of the public. Two volunteer lifeboat crew braved the breaking swell to render first aid and oxygen to the distressed as the lifeboat was unable to land safely.
A second lifeboat the Norma T was launched to recover and secure the battered catamaran.
The capsized Catamaran had suffered extensive damage to its Port hull from the mean conditions.
The man was treated by Paramedics at the scene and taken to the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.