Cowes Lifeboat involved in Uffa Fox Boat Rescue
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.
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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- Paul Dunt, RNLI Media Regional Officer (London/East/South East) 0207 6207426/ 07785 296252/ [email protected]
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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.
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