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Stranded anglers catch a welcome Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

A fishing expedition into the Solent by a three people aboard a 23-foot motor cruiser this afternoon (Aug 31) ended up with them catching an unexpected but welcome tow from Cowes RNLI lifeboat.

Photo of the Cowes lifeboat arriving alongside the fishing boat.

RNLI/John Green

The Cowes lifeboat arrives alongside the stricken fishing boat.

After apparently landing just a single bass off Egypt Point the two men and a woman aboard the motor yacht were unable to restart their engine.

The lifeboat launched at 3.40pm and after arriving on the scene found the boat’s water pump had failed. So began a tow up the River Medina, to the boat’s mooring at the Folly.

The lifeboat returned to the lifeboat station at 4.50 pm.

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  • George Chastney, Cowes RNLI Volunteer Press Officer 07530 254052/ [email protected]
  • Paul Dunt, RNLI Regional Media Officer (London and South East) 0207 6207425/ 07785 296252/ [email protected]
  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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