View as PDF

Cowes lifeboat responds to capsized windsurfer emergency

Lifeboats News Release

Cowes lifeboat was launched at 5.15 pm on Saturday 8 July to search for a windsurfer, reported to have fallen into the water, never to return to upright position.

The lifeboat began a thorough search of a wide area west of Cowes, and was joined by Calshot lifeboat. Eventually a UKSA rib radioed that it had recovered the surfer and was landing him and his board at Gurnard Green.

It appeared that the windsurfer had had problems because of a complete loss of wind. It was while paddling with the board back to Gurnard that he was spotted by the UKSA craft. He appeared none the worse for experience.

Cowes lifeboat returned to station at 6 pm ​ 

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.


The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland