3rd August 2017
Testing conditions in the Solent today proved too much for the lone occupant
of a yellow RIB near the Bramble Bank, leading to him being thrown into the
Fortunately, the red and yellow life-jacket he was wearing was spotted by a cross-
Solent Red Jet catamaran, resulting in UK Coastguards asking Cowes lifeboat to
launch to his rescue. But before they arrived on the scene the man had been
plucked to safety by the Southampton Harbour launch, Pathfinder; this left the
lifeboat to just track down the empty RIB, which was no longer under power thanks to
the engine having cut-out because of a kill-cord.
The Pathfinder took the man to Trinity Landing, Cowes, where other lifeboat
members waited, together with onshore Coastguards, in case additional assistance
was required. Within minutes an ambulance arrived to take the man, able to walk
with little assistance, to St Mary’s Hospital, Newport.
Shortly afterwards the lifeboat, which had launched at 1.10 pm, arrived back in
Cowes Harbour towing the RIB.
Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer