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