Cowes RNLI Lifeboat Station

Cowes Lifeboat Tasked to Unmanned Breakaway Yacht

7 February 2014

Photo Credit: RNLI/Patrick Moreton

Photo Credit: RNLI/Patrick Moreton

A Solent training session for Cowes RNLI lifeboat took on a more serious aspect last night when it was tasked to the scene of a yacht that had slipped its moorings and was going aground near the entrance of the Hamble River.

The alert came from Solent Coastguards who had learned that the 25 foot Solent University 1 was being left stranded on the shore near Hamble Point Marina.

When the lifeboat, helmed by Patrick Moreton, arrived on the scene at 8.45 pm it was decided all they could do at the time was to help stabilise the boat by putting out its anchor.

The lifeboat then left the scene, satisfied that members of a local boatyard would be able to tow the boat to safety at high tide, which occurred in the early hours of the morning. It appeared the yacht was undamaged from its breakaway episode.

Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer.