Two lifeboats stand by grounded motorboat

Lifeboats News Release

A motorboat with two people aboard that had gone hard aground on the shore of the Beaulieu River led to Cowes RNLI lifeboat making a cross-Solent trip yesterday (Saturday) evening, having launched at 5.36 pm.

The motorboat is pictured high and dry on the shore of the Beaulieu River.


The motorboat can just be picked out, high and dry on the river shore.

With the motorboat coming to grief at the mouth of the river on a receding tide, the four lifeboat crew members knew they were in for a long wait for the tide to change and refloat the craft. During the wait they were also joined by Calshot lifeboat.

With concern that the motorboat crew could suffer from dehydration in the blistering heat, two members of the Calshot lifeboat approached on foot to pass over bottled water.

As motorboat began to refloat on the tide, with no damage perceived to its hull, both lifeboat were eventually stood down, and Cowes lifeboat returned to station at 7.18 pm.

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