Cowes lifeboat assists stranded Lithuanians
Five Lithuanian men experienced at first hand the charitable activities of the RNLI this evening, when Cowes lifeboat went to the aid of their crippled motorboat.
The 29-foot craft had lost engine power in the Solent, off Gurnard Luck. When the lifeboat arrived on the scene the crew implemented an alongside tow, to take the motorboat to Trinity Landing. There the grateful Lithuanians were met by onshore coastguards.
Having launched at 5 pm, the lifeboat returned to station at 6.15 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.