Cowes Lifeboat Station

Beached Catamaran Sparks Rescue Services Alert

2 March 2014

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A mainland couple who decided to sail across the Solent for lunch were surprised to discover the boat they left on the beach at East Cowes had become the centre of attention from rescue services.

The couple had left the 18 foot catamaran they had sailed on the beach, to go for a meal in the town. But someone seeing the craft decided to make a precautionary call to Solent Coastguards. As a result Cowes RNLI lifeboat, a Cowes Harbour launch and a Coastguard vehicle all converged on the scene.

But as an on the spot investigation was underway along came the couple, somewhat taken aback by all the attention. They then began their sail back to where they came from: Stokes Bay, Gosport.

The lifeboat was launched at 1.05 pm and returned to station about 25 minutes later.

Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer.

Photo Credit: Andrea Vaughan/RNLI