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Cowes lifeboat once again responds to double trouble

Lifeboats News Release

For the second day running, Cowes RNLI lifeboat had hardly returned to station from one rescue this afternoon before it was tasked to another.

Before returning to station the lifeboat assisted Mack the Knife to Cowes Yacht Haven.

RNLI/George Chastney

The yacht Mack the Knife is assisted into Cowes Harbour.

The first ‘shout’ involved a 23 foot yacht that reported engine trouble west of Norris Castle. The boat, Mack the Knife with two people aboard, was duly towed by the lifeboat to Cowes Yacht Haven.

Then, just as the lifeboat had been winched on its trolley to the station entrance, another call came through – to assist two people aboard a 17 foot RIB.

The RIB, without power and drifting in Osborne Bay, was towed to the Royal Victoria Yacht Club’s pontoon in Wootton Creek.

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