Cowes lifeboat stands by grounded yacht
Cowes RNLI lifeboat stood by a 40 foot yacht for over an hour yesterday (Saturday) evening that had gone firmly aground just west of Egypt Point.
After launching at 4.42 pm the lifeboat’s first task on arrival at the scene was to provide the yacht with more stability by laying its anchor. The lifeboat then remained just off the yacht to await the incoming tide.
The yacht, with seven people aboard, finally re-floated at about 6 pm and was then escorted into Cowes Yacht Haven, with no signs of it having sprung a leak.
The lifeboat, helmed by Jason Hughes, finally returned to station at 6.47 pm.
Also in attendance, on shore, were Needles mobile coastguards.
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, in a normal year, 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.