Cowes lifeboat assists dismasted Cowes Week racer
A brand new ocean racer had to summon help after its mast broke in a gusty south-westerly between Egypt Point and Gurnard this afternoon.
The 30 foot Acheron, with five men and three women on board, was involved in a Cowes Week race at the time. It could not revert to engine power for fear of trailing rigging becoming entangled in the propeller.
To its aid went Cowes RNLI lifeboat and Hamble lifeboat. The yacht was towed to a buoy off Cowes by Hamble, where Cowes lifeboat member Piers Tyler went aboard to help clear the rigging. Later the yacht was towed to Cowes Yacht Haven by a Cowes Harbour launch.
Cowes lifeboat was launched at 3.08 pm and returned to station at 4.20 pm.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.