Cowes lifeboat gives safe passage to two stranded yachts

Lifeboats News Release

For the second day running Cowes RNLI lifeboat had to tow in a yacht in trouble in the Solent.

Today the lifeboat went to the aid of a 26 foot yacht with a rope caught around its propeller off Gurnard. The Forfive, with four people on board, was given an alongside tow to Shepards Wharf Marina. The lifeboat, which had launched at 5.55 pm, returned to station 40 minutes later.


Yesterday an alongside tow to the same marina was provided in the afternoon to the 29 foot Isbym. The boat, with one person on board, had reported an overheated engine while off Osborne Bay. 

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