24th April 2017
Shallow water near the entrance to Southampton Water proved a real challenge for both a yacht and a harbour launch this evening – resulting in a request for Cowes RNLI lifeboat to provide much-needed help.
The yacht, the Hebe, with three people aboard, had gone aground on the south-west tip of the Bramble Bank at the mouth of Southampton Water. Furthermore, the combination of rising tide and wind was pushing the boat further and further on to the unforgiving bank.
Although a Southampton harbour launch arrived in the vicinity, its draught proved just too deep to allow it to get close enough to tow the yacht to safety; so the Cowes Atlantic 85 RIB Sheena Louise was tasked to cross the Solent to perform the task.
Very soon the yacht was floating free again, enabling it to continue on its course from Southampton to East Cowes.
The lifeboat, which had launched at 6.10 pm, returned just over 30 minutes later to the station – where a fresh crew was waiting to go on a planned training exercise.
Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer