Cowes lifeboat races to fire stricken yacht
A yacht that suffered an engine fire in the Solent sparked a rescue operation by Cowes RNLI lifeboat this afternoon.
The 37-foot Haven Star, with two men and two women on board, reported the fire while east of Cowes Harbour.
Although the crew managed to put the fire out with two powder extinguishers before the lifeboat arrived, the yacht’s loss of power meant it still needed its assistance.
A stern tow then took the yacht to its base at Hornet Marina, Haslar, Gosport.
The lifeboat, which launched at 1.10 pm, returned to station at 3.30 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.