Jet-skier Towed to Safety by Cowes Lifeboat

2th April 2014

A jet-skier who was unable to paddle his way to shore after his machine broke down was eventually towed to safety by Cowes lifeboat.

The jet-ski, with a young man at the controls, had suffered engine failure west of Gurnard Marsh yesterday afternoon. His attempt to then use a paddle to reach the shore proved ineffectual.

As he and his machine began drifting further westward his plight was reported to Solent Coastguards by a passing yacht. After arriving on the scene Cowes lifeboat towed the jet-ski to Gurnard Marsh.

The lifeboat was launched at 2.42 pm and returned to station at 3.20 pm.

Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer.