10th August 2015
Cowes lifeboat was one of three lifeboats that converged on a motor-cruiser this afternoon which sent out a distress call after the crew feared it was on fire.
The 40 foot motor-cruise, Starspeed was in mid-Solent between Browndown and Kings Quay, when black smoke emitted from its engine area. To the scene raced Cowes RNLI lifeboat, which had been on a training exercise, and the lifeboats from Hamble and Gosport.
It was eventually discovered that the smoke was caused by spilt oil close to one of the two engines. But there was no fire.
The motor-cruiser later continued on its way to Poole, using just one of the engines.
The first May Day was sent out around 3 pm, and the lifeboats were on the scene within a few minutes.
Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer