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Cowes Lifeboat Involved in a ‘Daring Do’ – Twice Over

Lifeboats News Release

Cowes RNLI lifeboat was kept busy during Cowes Week racing this Monday morning (31 July) – first going to two yachts involved in a violent collision, and then assisting a yachtsman knocked into the water.

Stock photo of Cowes RNLI lifeboat at sea next to large yellow buoy.

RNLI/Nick Edwards

Stock photo of Cowes RNLI lifeboat at sea.

In all cases the boats involved were competing in the Daring Class event. On the first occasion one Daring collided with the hull of another, holing it. The damaged boat was eventually towed to a Cowes boatyard by a harbour launch, escorted by the lifeboat.

Then the lifeboat went back out into the Solent to assist a Daring yachtsman who was knocked into the water near the Bramble Bank, after being struck by a boom when the boat broached.

He was taken by the lifeboat to Trinity Landing where he was received by coastguards for possible onward medical treatment.

The lifeboat, which initially launched at 11.47 am, had completed both shouts by 12.50 pm.

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