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Over-turned dinghy leads to launch of Cowes lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

A man and a woman, thrown into the sea when their 14 foot sailing dinghy over-turned, led to the launching of Cowes RNLI lifeboat this (Friday 18 August) morning.

Stock photo of Cowes RNLI lifeboat at sea passing a large yellow buoy.

RNLI/Nick Edwards

Stock photo of Cowes RNLI lifeboat.

The incident happened near North Ryde Middle Buoy. On arrival at the scene the lifeboat, which had launched at 11.16 am, found the couple had been picked up by a Southampton Harbour patrol launch.

The lifeboat managed to right the upturned dinghy and tow it to the Royal Victoria Yacht Club in Wootton Creek. The lifeboat also delivered the couple from the patrol launch to the club, where they were met by Bembridge coastguards.

The lifeboat returned to station at 12.50 pm.


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  • George Chastney, Cowes RNLI Volunteer Press Officer 07530 254052/ [email protected]
  • Paul Dunt, RNLI Media Regional Officer (London/East/South East) 0207 6207426/ 07785 296252/ [email protected]
  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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