Yacht that lost its rudder, then its anchor, is towed to safety

Lifeboats News Release

Five people stranded on a rudderless 38-foot yacht in the Solent were taken to safety by Cowes RNLI lifeboat at lunch-time today.

The disabled yacht is towed back to East Cowes Marina.

RNLI/George Chastney

Cowes lifeboat undertakes an alongside tow to East Cowes Marina.

After losing their rudder just outside the Cowes Harbour breakwater they had dropped their anchor; while this prevented the yacht suffering any further mishap in the windy conditions, the anchor proved difficult to retrieve once the lifeboat arrived on the scene.

As a result, the anchor line had to be cut loose and attached to a marker buoy for a later retrieval attempt.

The lifeboat then carried out an alongside tow of the yacht to East Cowes Marina.


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