Cowes lifeboat goes to the aid of sick girl

Lifeboats News Release

A semi-conscious girl aboard a training yacht sparked a call for help to Cowes RNLi lifeboat yesterday (Thurs) evening.


The lifeboat and the yacht with the semi-conscious girl aboard.

The lifeboat had been on a training exercise in the Solent when alerted to the yacht, in Osborne Bay. Two lifeboat members went aboard to assess the girl’s condition; eventually the yacht was escorted to Trinity Landing, where an ambulance was waiting to take her to hospital.

The lifeboat’s routine training evening looked to be further disrupted when police asked the lifeboat to assist in a search for a missing person. However, this time the lifeboat was soon stood down.

Before the two shouts lifeboat members were able to inspect the latest Shannon Class lifeboat, moored at Trinity Landing in connection with that evening’s Cowes Classic Week prize-giving at the Royal London Yacht Club. Among those attending was the RNLI’s chief executive, Mark Dowie – who also was one of the prize-winners.


Cowes lifeboat members aboard the visiting new Shannon Class lifeboat.

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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.