Cowes lifeboat responds to shipping lane emergency

Lifeboats News Release

The need to reach a speed boat which had broken down in a Solent shipping lane, being used by several cruise liners outward bound on Sundays from Southampton, became a top priority for Cowes RNLI lifeboat this evening.

Cowes lifeboat, with cruise liner Aurora in the background, begins search for the speed boat.

RNLI/Nick Edwards

Cowes lifeboat on its way to locate the crippled speed boat, just as the P and O cruise liner Aurora emerges from Southampton Water.

The speed boat, Hard Rider, with three men aboard, had lost power and was drifting near West Bramble Buoy. The lifeboat launched at 6.35 pm and eventually towed the speed boat to Calshot.

One of Hard Rider’s crew members was then taken up Southampton Water by the lifeboat to Hythe where the speed boat had been launched. Fortunately, as this operation got underway the speed boat regained its power and duly followed the lifeboat up to Hythe without further incident.

The lifeboat returned to station at 7.46 pm.

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