Over-turned dinghy leads to launch of Cowes lifeboat
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.
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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