Veteran motorboat gets welcome tow back to port
An immaculate 45-year-old motor boat that had engine trouble in the Solent today was eventually towed to Cowes by the local RNLI lifeboat.
The boat, the 27-foot Mikaela, sailed by a mature couple, had originally suffered engine failure in the shipping channel. However, another craft towed it to the safer waters of Osborne Bay, to anchor and await the arrival of the lifeboat.
After the lifeboat helm Mark Harker transferred crew member Chris Adams to the motorboat it was towed to Trinity Landing, Cowes, where it was to rendezvous with the Sea Start marine breakdown service.
Mark said later “Despite its age, the Mikaela was in an excellent condition apart from with the engine problem and an unreliable radio.”
The lifeboat had launched at 11.58 am and returned to station at 12.40 pm.
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.