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Yacht with Steering Problems Leads to Cowes Lifeboat Call-Out

Lifeboats News Release

A 10.6 metre yacht that told coastguards they had steering problems off Gurnard Green this evening led to the launching of Cowes RNLI lifeboat.


The yacht is pictured making its way through Cowes Harbour, with the lifeboat in attendance.

The yacht, with two men and a woman on board, had sailed in strong winds from Hamble Point. Although the lifeboat was ready to tow the yacht to safety, the yacht crew had in fact managed to overcome the problem, and all that was left for the lifeboat to do was to escort the craft to the River Medina.

Although initially the yacht crew planned to moor at East Cowes Marina, they soon decided instead to sail without assistance back across the Solent to Hamble Point.

The lifeboat, which launched at 5.23 pm, returned to station at 6.10 pm.

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