19th August 2018
The need to reach a speed boat which had broken down in a Solent shipping
lane, being used by several cruise liners outward bound on Sundays from
Southampton, became a top priority for Cowes RNLI lifeboat this evening.
The speed boat, Hard Rider, with three men aboard, had lost power and was drifting
near West Bramble Buoy. The lifeboat launched at 6.35 pm and eventually towed the
speed boat to Calshot.
One of Hard Rider’s crew members was then taken up Southampton Water by the
lifeboat to Hythe where the speed boat had been launched. Fortunately, as this
operation got underway the speed boat regained its power and duly followed the
lifeboat up to Hythe without further incident.
The lifeboat returned to station at 7.46 pm.