Cowes Lifeboat involved in Uffa Fox Boat Rescue

Lifeboats News Release

In the very week that Cowes and East Cowes are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the death of famous local yacht designer Uffa Fox, Cowes RNLI lifeboat was this Thursday (Aug 18) evening involved in a rescue of one of Uffa’s most famous racing keel boats– the Flying Fifteen.

Stock photo of the Cowes RNLI Atlantic 85 lifeboat

RNLI/Nick Edwards

Stock photo of the Cowes RNLI Atlantic 85 lifeboat

The yacht had taken on too much water in lively sea conditions near West Ryde Middle Buoy - while the two people aboard were possibly getting some practice in prior to celebratory races later in the week.

First on the scene was a Cowes Harbour launch which took the crew aboard and began towing their partially submerged racing dinghy to Cowes.

Eventually the tow was taken over by the lifeboat, which duly delivered the craft to Shepards Wharf Marina and its lifting crane.

The lifeboat, which had launched just after 6 pm, returned to station at 7.53 pm.


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