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Powerless anglers get ride home on lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Two anglers caught more than fish out on the Solent this evening, leading to Cowes RNLI lifeboat going to their rescue.

First unwelcome catch was weed in the engine of the 21 foot Leona Dawn; then, now without any power, their boat was caught in a fast ebbing tide. As they drifted remorselessly westwards past Hamstead Ledge they urgently sought help from UK Coastguards.

The lifeboat responded to the call by launching at 5.34 pm. Eventually they found the fishing boat tied to a buoy off Yarmouth, rather than well on their way to the Needles.

It was decided that because of the tide it would be better to tow the crippled fishing boat into Yarmouth Harbour, and carry the anglers back to their home port of Cowes aboard the lifeboat.

When the lifeboat returned to station at 6.45 pm the crew brought with them a ‘thank you’ from the anglers: three fishes.

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