Three yachtsmen feel the heat in mid-Solent
A 40 foot ketch that suffered a series of mishaps in mid-Solent today was eventually towed to Cowes by the local RNLI lifeboat.
The Singularity, with three men from the Midlands on board, told Solent Coastguards that its engine had overheated near East Lepe Buoy and its anchor was dragging.
When the lifeboat arrived on the scene crew member Andrea Vaughan was put on board; several attempts to recover the anchor proved unsuccessful and lifeboat helm Mark Harker decided it should be cut free.
The yacht was then towed to Trinity Landing.
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, in a normal year, 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.