Cowes Lifeboat Station

French Yacht Towed to Safety by Cowes Lifeboat

17th August 2014

 The lifeboat comes alongside the powerless yacht.

The lifeboat comes alongside the powerless yacht.

A 46 foot French yacht was towed to safety by Cowes lifeboat today after radioing that it had engine trouble.

The man and woman on board the Patou, had planned to sail from East Cowes to Yarmouth but then, off Gurnard, changed their plan because of the strong westerly wind. When however they attempted to motor back to Cowes harbour they could not start their engine.

The lifeboat, launched at 5.55pm, towed the yacht to Trinity Landing. The couple hoped to sail to the boat’s home port, St Malo, once a repair had been carried out.

Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer.

Photo Credit: RNLI/Cowes

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