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Cowes RNLI Lifeboat Has a Busy Sunday

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteers of Cowes RNLI lifeboat amply demonstrated their commitment today (Sunday 31 July) – the second day of Cowes Week - by attending a capsizing and two dismastings.

Stock image of the Cowes Atlantic 85 Lifeboat

RNLI/Nick Edwards

Stock image of the Cowes Atlantic 85 Lifeboat

The first emergency concerned a 16 foot catamaran dinghy which capsized in mid-Solent off East Cowes, resulting in its lone-sailor clinging to one of the hulls.

The lifeboat responded just after mid-day, joining another rescue craft already on the scene. With the help of lifeboat crew member Andrew Stretton entering the water, the catamaran was eventually righted by the lifeboat and towed across the Solent to Calshot Spit; waiting there were Lymington coastguards, who found the man to be a little cold but otherwise none the worse from his experience. But the catamaran was found to have sprung a leak and was taking on water.

Then just after 2 pm the lifeboat was dispatched to a 31 foot racing yacht, with six people aboard, which had dismasted off Newtown. A committee boat was first on the scene and began to tow the yacht back to Cowes.

The lifeboat was called back to the Solent off Newtown for a second time later, because of a dismasting of a similar yacht. Lifeboat member Josh Matthews went aboard to clear the downed rigging, and the yacht’s accompanying powerboat began to tow it to Hamble.

However, because some of the still-attached rigging was hampering progress, the lifeboat dashed back to Cowes to get bolt-cutters.

The lifeboat was out on service for a total of four hours.


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· George Chastney, Cowes Press Officer, 07530 524052

· Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (South East), 0207 6207426, 07785 296252 [email protected]

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