9th February 2018
A motor-cruiser that had been driven on to rocks by a brisk north-westerly,
between East Cowes and Osborne Bay, led to Cowes RNLI lifeboat racing to
its aid today (Friday).
The 20 foot Bob’s About, had suffered engine failure and the man aboard had
deployed the anchor to try to prevent the boat from going even harder
aground. Because of the shallow water one of the lifeboat crew, Andrea
Vaughan had to wade some distance to the motor-cruiser with the tow rope.
Eventually, with some initial assistance from a motorboat, the lifeboat battled
through a strong tide to take Bob’s About up the River Medina to a mooring at
The lifeboat, helmed by Jason Hughes, returned to station at 2.45 pm – nearly
two hours after launching.
Caption to photo:
A long-distance view in a murky Solent of the lifeboat and motor-cruiser, with
Portsmouth Harbour cranes in the background.