Cowes lifeboat tows motorboat to safety
Venturing out into the Solent in a motorboat proved more problematical than expected for the four people aboard, leading to Cowes RNLI lifeboat having to come to their aid.
While in Osborne Bay the craft developed engine trouble, and its anchor failed to prevent it being driven ever closer to the shore.
Launched at 5.06 pm, the lifeboat towed the motorboat to a mooring at the Folly, in the River Medina, and finally returned to station at 6.30 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.