26th April 2019
The accidental deployment of a life raft led to Cowes RNLI lifeboat racing to the aid of a 40-foot yacht on a wind-swept Solent this (Friday) evening.
As the yacht wallowed beam-on to the Force 6/7 south-westerly, well off Egypt Point, its crew alerted Coastguards it had a problem. The Coastguards were also contacted by people on the Cowes shore.
When the lifeboat, which launched just after 6 pm, arrived on the scene they found that the life raft container had broken free from the stern, leading to the raft automatically inflating when it hit the water, then releasing its drogue.
With the two men on the yacht apparently finding it difficult to recover either raft or drogue, it was left to the lifeboat crew to perform the task. Then the yacht, based in Southampton, was able to continue on its way westwards.
The lifeboat returned to station soon after 6.30 pm.