Cowes RNLI Lifeboat Tows stricken RIB to Safety
A couple aboard a drifting RIB that had suffered engine failure and a fuel leak were finally brought to safety by Cowes RNLI lifeboat last (Friday 29 July) evening.
They had called for help when the RIB was off Newtown. After launching at 9 pm the lifeboat discovered the craft was by then between Thorness and Gurnard.
After putting a crew member on the RIB the lifeboat began the long tow to Cowes, where the RIB was finally delivered alongside Trinity Landing.
The lifeboat returned to station at 10 pm.
Caption for photo: The RIB is brought alongside Trinity Landing.
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