Two lifeboats go to aid of crippled catamaran
A newly acquired large catamaran had an eventful early outing for its owner when not one but two RNLI lifeboats, from Cowes and Yarmouth, were involved in towing it to safety across the Solent yesterday (Tues) evening.
Although initially the plan was to return the craft to Hamble, it was decided it would be better for Yarmouth lifeboat to deliver it to Trinity Landing, Cowes. There it was met not only by Cowes lifeboat shore crew but also Needles Coastguards.
Cowes lifeboat, which had launched just after 6 pm, returned to station just over an hour later.
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.