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Luck runs out for two men and their small boat

Lifeboats News Release

An eighteen foot sailing boat became a casualty in the Solent today – requiring the assistance of Cowes lifeboat.

The yacht is being prepared for towing by the lifeboat.

RNLI/Nick Edwards

The lifeboat prepares to tow the yacht.

The two men aboard the River Medina-based mini-yacht, Sea Witch, not only found that their outboard engine had failed off Egypt Point, but also their anchor could not prevent the boat being swept westwards by the fast-moving tide. UK Coastguards were alerted to their plight by the crew of a motorboat, which stood by until the lifeboat arrived.

The yacht, described by lifeboat helm Mark Harker as being in a ‘poor condition’, and with neither men wearing lifejackets, was towed to the Island Sailing Club pontoon at Cowes.

The Sea Witch is under tow to Cowes.

RNLI/George Chastney

The yacht is under tow to Cowes.

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