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Warm praise for Cowes Lifeboat Station’s response to many call-outs

Lifeboats News Release

The unusually high number of call-outs involving Cowes RNLI lifeboat over an 11-day period brought praise for the station’s all-volunteer members from their Lifeboat Operations Manager, Mark Southwell.

One of the last ‘shouts’ involved a sinking 33 foot motorboat in Wootton Creek, attended by the lifeboat just after 3 am on Sunday, 18 June.

RNLI/George Chastney

One of the last ‘shouts’ involved a sinking 33 foot motorboat in Wootton Creek, attended by the lifeboat just after 3 am on Sunday, 18 June.

From Thursday 8th June to Sunday 18th June there were no fewer than nine ‘shouts’, with each one attracting sufficient lifeboat crew, shore-crew and a launch authority member to fully respond to the perceived emergency.

“The consistency throughout was quite outstanding, considering our volunteers also have a life outside of the RNLI including family and work commitments,” said Mark. “Although, fortunately, not one of the call-outs involved an injury or a fatality, there were several where the outcome could have been very different without our attendance.”

The ‘shouts’ included a yacht aground on the Bramble Bank, several men in difficulty in the River Medina, engine failure involving yachts, a RIB, and a fishing boat, a capsized windsurfer, a sinking motorboat in Wootton Creek, and a drifting unattended RIB. And several of the call-outs were late at night or in the early hours of the morning.

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