Cowes Lifeboat Station

Cowes Lifeboat Responds to Breakwater Collision Emergency

26 October 2019

The motor-cruiser is manoeuvred alongside the outer
section of Trinity Landing


A 56-foot luxury motor-cruiser with two people aboard, driven broadside on to the new Cowes Harbour breakwater by strong winds and tide tonight (Sat), led to the urgent launching of Cowes RNLI lifeboat.

Launched at 8.38 pm, the lifeboat was soon on the scene. Helmsman Mark Harker decided to put crew member Adam Wilson aboard the motor-cruiser, who proceeded to help secure a tow rope to enable the bow to be pulled further from the breakwater.

A thorough inspection found that no breach of the hull had occurred, and after the motor-cruiser’s twin engines were restarted it was left to continue under its own power into Cowes Harbour, with the lifeboat providing a safety escort.

With further necessary help from the lifeboat, the motor-cruiser initially
moored on the outer section of Trinity Landing, but later – with Adam still aboard – it was relocated to the more sheltered inner section.

The motor-cruiser had been met on Trinity Landing by shore crew from the
lifeboat station, plus Island coastguards.

The lifeboat returned to station at 9.43 pm.

Caption to photo: The motor-cruiser is manoeuvred alongside the outer
section of Trinity Landing.