Buoy entangled yacht towed into Cowes

Lifeboats News Release

A 28-foot yacht that became entangled in a marker buoy on Saturday afternoon was eventually towed into Cowes by the local RNLI lifeboat.

Lifeboat, secured alongside the yacht, makes its way to Shepards Marina.

RNLI/George Chastney

The lifeboat carries out an alongside tow of the damaged yacht, to bring it to Shepards Marina.

The marker buoy was to the west of the Royal Yacht Squadron.

Initially, after being freed of the buoy the yacht, with two persons aboard, was taken in tow by a training yacht from the United Kingdom Sailing Academy. But because of the very strong west-going tide the RNLI’s more powerful twin-engined boat proved more effective for the task.

An alongside tow by the lifeboat ended at Shepards Marina, where the yacht was to be lifted out of the water for an inspection of the damaged rudder. Also in attendance onshore was an Island-based coastguard team.

The lifeboat launched at 2.43 pm and returned to station nearly an hour later.


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