Cowes Lifeboat Station

Choppy Conditions Keep Cowes Lifeboat Extra Busy

31st July 2017

Royal Navy gets a helping hand from Cowes lifeboat.

Cowes RNLI lifeboat had an exceptionally busy Cowes Week yesterday,
(Sunday), dealing with four separate emergencies on a wind-swept
Solent, each occasion with Neil Archer at the helm.
First ‘shout’ involved the Royal Naval Sailing Association’s yacht Jolly Jack
Tar which had gone aground on the Bramble Bank. Also attending was the
RNLI’s Calshot lifeboat, a crew member of which stayed on board the yacht
while it was towed by Cowes lifeboat to Cowes.

Rudderless Alice receives lifeboat assistance.

Just less than an hour later, soon after 1 pm, Cowes lifeboat went to a yacht
off The Green, Cowes where a man had suffered a head injury. The yacht
was escorted to Trinity Landing where an ambulance was waiting to take the
yachtsman to St Mary’s Hospital.
Immediately the lifeboat was in action again, this time to go to the aid of
Dawn, a Redwing reported to have been swamped by choppy seas off Norris
Castle. The yacht, with three people aboard, was towed to a mooring in
Cowes.

Swamped Redwing is towed to safety.

Then within minutes of completing that task the lifeboat raced to the yacht
Alice, which had lost its rudder south-east of Ryde Middle Buoy, between
Fishbourne and Osborne Bay. Another yacht, Wild Spirit, stood by the
crippled yacht until the lifeboat arrived and towed it to a pontoon off
Fishbourne’s Royal Victoria Yacht Club.

Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer

Photo Credit: RNLI Cowes