19th July 2014
Fears that just weeks after a near-fatality involving a young boy on Ryde seafront might be repeated at East Cowes lead to Cowes lifeboat being launched yesterday (Friday) evening.
The lifeboat station was alerted by Solent Coastguards that children were in the water off the East Cowes beach, calling for help. Although coastguards were soon informed a man had brought all the children out of the water the lifeboat launched anyway.
Memories were still fresh in the station of how it was only belatedly realised that one of several children in the water at Ryde was unaccounted for, leading to the boy in question needing protracted hospital care.
Cowes lifeboat duly carried out a search off East Cowes, without finding anyone. But lifeboat operations manager Mark Southwell said later: “The helm, Max Rimington, acted quite properly in launching as a precaution at a time when it was getting dark.”
The lifeboat was launched about 9.30 pm, and while returning from the search took in tow a RIB which had run out of fuel just outside of Cowes. Because all the local fuelling stations were closed the lifeboat gave the RIB enough fuel for them to to cross the Solent to its Hampshire base.
Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer.