Cowes lifeboat responds to motorboat in triple-trouble

Lifeboats News Release

Three men aboard a 25-foot motorboat who experienced trouble, three times over, on a wind-swept Solent this afternoon were saved from more serious problems by Cowes RNLI lifeboat.

First an electrical fault put the engine out of action in a Force 7 north-westerly between East Cowes and Fishbourne, then deployment of the boat’s two anchors failed to prevent the craft being driven closer to the rock-strewn shore.

A crew member alerted both Coastguards and Cowes lifeboat’s Station Manager, Mark Southwell, of their plight.

After launching at 2.15 pm the lifeboat was soon on the scene and took the motorboat in tow for Cowes Harbour. There it was given shelter by Shepards Marina, and the lifeboat returned to station at 3.25 pm.

It was the second tow-in performed by Cowes lifeboat this week. On Wednesday it went to the aid of a 30-foot yacht struggling to make headway a mile west of Cowes.

Although initially Calshot RNLI’ D Class lifeboat had first spotted the problem, its crew decided Cowes’ more powerful Atlantic 85 lifeboat was best suited for the rescue. The yacht, on passage from Yarmouth to Cowes, was taken into Shepards Marina.

Coincidentally both Calshot and Cowes lifeboat were already afloat at the time of the emergency, undergoing training/assessment exercises

Two members of the lifeboat crew pictured as their craft approaches the stricken motorboat.

RNLI/George Chastney

Lifeboat approaches stricken motorboat.

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