11 March 2014
Cowes RNLI lifeboat raced to East Cowes Marina last evening after Solent Coastguards were told that smoke was seen coming from a ketch.
Although the lifeboat crew was prepared to stand by while the possible fire threat was dealt with by Isle of Wight firemen it quickly became clear that there was no such emergency; the smoke was merely from a wood burning stove.
The lifeboat, which was launched at 7.57 pm, returned to station at 8.45 pm, with the crew thankful there had been no repeat of the fire that destroyed a luxury motor-cruiser at the same marina last November. Then, too, the lifeboat took on a stand-by role, until the crew understood no lives were at risk.
Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer.