Concern for the safety of eight men and women aboard four small powered craft, or tenders, led to Cowes RNLI lifeboat being launched this (Thurs) evening.
The eight people had crossed the Solent from the Calshot area. After some, at least, called at Town Quay pontoon around 4 pm, everyone eventually made for the area of Osborne Bay. Concerns by other boat users about the group, however, led to an emergency call to HM Coastguards.
After launching at 6.10 pm the lifeboat proceeded to escort the four craft and their crew back across the Solent. The lifeboat returned to station just over an hour later.
extensive air and sea search of the Solent took place in the dark this evening following
concerns that a kite surfer was missing.
concern was first sparked by the finding of the kite near the entrance of Cowes
Harbour and then, later, the recovery from the sea of a surf-board.
But after a thorough search by Cowes and Lymington RNLI lifeboats, plus the Hamble independent lifeboat and the Coastguard helicopter, it was discovered the surfer was in fact safe and well at home.
Cowes lifeboat, which launched just after 8 pm, returned to station about an hour later. It was the first time Ady Stothard had taken command of the lifeboat after recently qualifying as a helm; it was also the first ‘shout’ by new crew member Jack Banks.
report that a lone yachtsman aboard a 24-foot boat had engine trouble, was
unable to lower his sails or drop anchor, led to Cowes RNLI lifeboat dashing
across the Solent yesterday (Saturday) evening.
Despite the yacht having a faulty
VHF radio it was eventually located in Beaulieu
River. There the lifeboat crew discovered that the yachtsman had managed
by then to lower his sails and to make slow progress with a small engine that
kept cutting out.
The yacht, which had been on
passage from Gosport to Christchurch, was duly given an alongside tow by the
lifeboat to Bucklers Hard.
Cowes lifeboat had launched
just after 4.30 pm
Concern that a man had gone into the River Medina led to Cowes RNLI lifeboat carrying out an intensive night-time search over the weekend.
The lifeboat was launched at 11.40 pm on Friday night in response to concerns that a man had gone into the upper reaches of the river, With the aid of an on-board searchlight, the lifeboat proceeded to painstakingly search from the area of the Folly up to the Riverside Centre at Newport Harbour.
The search was carried out alongside Coastguard Rescue Teams from Ventnor, Needles and Bembridge as well as WightSAR and a police helicopter.
Eventually, after finding nothing, the lifeboat returned to the station at 3.25 am.
Cowes lifeboat was launched at lunch-time today to go to the aid of a small yacht in Wootton Creek.
The 20-foot yacht, with two men, a woman and a dog aboard had gone aground on a sandbank in a falling tide. Eventually the lifeboat managed tow the yacht into clear water.
With two of the yacht crew having transferred to the lifeboat, the yacht then made its own way under power up the creek to The Sloop, with a lifeboat crew member aboard.
The lifeboat, which launched just before 2 pm, had been away from the station for just over an hour.
The call-out involved two female firsts for the station; it was the first time that Anne Simkin took charge of an emergency call-out after recently qualifying as a Deputy Launch Authority, and it was also the first time that Penny Jeffcoate had gone out on a ‘shout’ after being accepted as a boat crew trainee.
Prior to becoming a DLA Anne had been a member of the lifeboat crew for three and a half years.
A major Solent emergency involving a sinking yacht led to Cowes RNLI lifeboat joining a number of vessels racing to its aid just after mid-day today.
The 40 foot yacht, with three Swiss men on board, had lost its rudder and was taking on water after it apparently snagged the anchor chain of No 2 buoy at the entrance of Cowes Harbour.
As the yacht began drifting westwards, all the time becoming more waterlogged, to its aid raced the lifeboat, together with a River Medina-based crew transport vessel, Calshot RNLI lifeboat, a police launch, a Cowes Harbour launch, and a catamaran and two car ferries belonging to Red Funnel.
Two of the yacht’s crew were quickly taken off by the crew transport craft. The yacht was boarded by two of the Cowes lifeboat crew with a salvage pump, but they found there was just too much water to be effective, having by then reached as high as the yacht’s chart table.
As it was clear the yacht would eventually sink, everyone was taken off the craft, and Cowes Harbour released a tow line to take the yacht further away from the shipping lane. The sinking finally occurred off Gurnard, leaving just part of the mast above the water. A marker buoy was put in place by the Cowes Harbour launch, as a warning to other vessels.
The yacht had been on passage from Portsmouth to Cowes when the incident occurred.
A 56-foot luxury motor-cruiser with two people aboard, driven broadside on to the new Cowes Harbour breakwater by strong winds and tide tonight (Sat), led to the urgent launching of Cowes RNLI lifeboat.
Launched at 8.38 pm, the lifeboat was soon on the scene. Helmsman Mark Harker decided to put crew member Adam Wilson aboard the motor-cruiser, who proceeded to help secure a tow rope to enable the bow to be pulled further from the breakwater.
A thorough inspection found that no breach of the hull had occurred, and after the motor-cruiser’s twin engines were restarted it was left to continue under its own power into Cowes Harbour, with the lifeboat providing a safety escort.
With further necessary help from the lifeboat, the motor-cruiser initially moored on the outer section of Trinity Landing, but later – with Adam still aboard – it was relocated to the more sheltered inner section.
The motor-cruiser had been met on Trinity Landing by shore crew from the lifeboat station, plus Island coastguards.
The lifeboat returned to station at 9.43 pm.
Caption to photo: The motor-cruiser is manoeuvred alongside the outer
section of Trinity Landing.