Cowes lifeboat helps yacht in three kinds of trouble
Cowes RNLI lifeboat made a short but necessary rescue trip into the Solent yesterday (Wednesday) evening, to reach a 33 foot yacht - with insufficient wind to sail and a broken down engine, and was drifting in the shipping lane.
Although the Georjie had originally been bound for Lymington, because the engine was out of action the crew was obliged to seek help through Solent Coastguards.
The yacht, with two people and a dog aboard, was towed by the lifeboat from well off Cowes Harbour to Shepards Wharf Marina.
The lifeboat launched at 6.17 pm and returned to station nearly an hour later.
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.