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Fishing Boat Fire Leads to Cowes Lifeboat Launch

Lifeboats News Release

A fire aboard a small fishing boat, carrying two men and a teenage boy, led to an urgent call-out for Cowes RNLI lifeboat this (Sunday 20 August ) morning.

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

RNLI/Nick Edwards

Stock photo of Cowes RNLI lifeboat at sea.

The outboard had caught fire when the 18-foot craft was over Gurnard Ledge. The lifeboat, which launched at 9.35 am, arrived to find that although the fire had been extinguished by the crew the boat needed to be towed.

It was duly first taken to Trinity Landing, Cowes, where local firemen went aboard to ensure all was safe. Also on the scene were Needles Coastguards.

The fishing boat, which had set out from Langston Harbour very early that morning, was then towed up the River Medina by a Cowes Harbour launch. The lifeboat returned to station at 10.40 am.


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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]
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