Cowes Lifeboat in Night-Time Rescue of Stranded Sailors

2nd July 2015

Three men stranded for eight hours in a small cabin-cruiser without power in the Solent were finally rescued in the early hours of this morning by Cowes RNLI lifeboat.

Their troubles began when their boat, Trinity, an 18 foot Shetland class, had gone aground on a sandbank near the entrance to Beaulieu River. Although it refloated on a rising tide the men then found they were unable to get underway because of mud in the engine.

They dropped their anchor and used a mobile phone to seek help through Solent Coastguards. After launching shortly before midnight the lifeboat carried out a search of the area; this finally proved successful through a combination of a white flare from the lifeboat and Trinity’s crew waving a torch.

Then began a slow tow against the tide to off Calshot lifeboat station where the cabin-cruiser was secured to a buoy and the crew, believed to be from Fawley, were taken ashore. The lifeboat returned to station just after 2 am.

Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer