Cowes crew members respond twice over
Three of the RNLI volunteers of Cowes lifeboat station amply demonstrated their commitment to the cause when twice within ten hours they set aside personal obligations to attend call-outs.
The first call came late yesterday (Wednesday) evening when a distress flare was reported somewhere between the Royal Yacht Squadron’s Cowes Castle and Gurnard Bay. After launching at 10.43 pm the lifeboat searched this area of the Solent for over an hour, assisted on shore by Newport coastguards.
When nothing untoward was found it was suspected the flare had been set off with malicious intent.
Then at 8.18 am today the lifeboat was again launched, this time to go to the assistance of a fishing boat in Osborne Bay which had engine failure. The boat, the Georgia with one man aboard, was towed to a mooring in the River Medina. The lifeboat returned to station at around 9.30 am.
The three members of the four-person crew who turned out for both ‘shouts’ were helm Peter Murphy-Latham, Mark Harker and Alasdair Boden.
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.