Drifting Dinghy Proved No Child’s Play for One Man

DA 25 year old man, aimlessly adrift on the Solent in a child’s inflatable dinghy, sparked a rescue operation involving Cowes RNLI, Hampshire police and auxiliary coastguards this evening.

The man had apparently gone to sea in the inflatable at Thorness, west of Cowes. Well over an hour later his plight was spotted by someone on Thorness Beach, and informed Solent Coastguards.

He was first taken aboard a police RIB, then later transferred to Cowes lifeboat which duly delivered him and his flimsy craft back to the shore. There Needles mobile auxiliary coastguards were waiting to further add to straightforward advice he had already received from the police.

Cowes lifeboat launched at 7.15 pm and returned at 8.25 pm.

Author: George Chastney

Yachtsman shoulders great pain for Andy Murray’s victory

A yachtsman whose celebrations over Andy Murray’s Wimbledon win went much too far, ended up with him in great pain and having to be rescued by Cowes RNLI lifeboat this evening.

The 45 year old man was aboard his friend’s 39 foot yacht, Bliss, moored in Newtown Creek, when he decided to take a celebratory dive into the sea on news of Murray’s championship victory.

As he hit the water, however, his right shoulder became dislocated. Although his arm was now firmly stuck in the air he still somehow managed to swim to the boat’s rear platform where he was helped back on board by the owner.

After being alerted by Solent Coastguards of the incident, the lifeboat was launched just after 6 pm and was quickly on the scene. One of the lifeboat crew, Dr Will King, checked the man over before he was transferred to the lifeboat. He was then taken to Trinity Landing, Cowes, where an ambulance was waiting to convey him to Newport’s St Mary’s Hospital.

On the way to Cowes the injured man told the crew that dislocation of his shoulder was a recurring problem for him. The last time was when he fell on the yacht while celebrating St Patrick’s Day! But on that occasion he managed to put his shoulder back without the need of outside assistance.

The lifeboat, helmed by Laurie O’Callaghan, returned to station at 7.15 pm

Author: George Chastney

Cowes lifeboat tows boat out of harms way

The 20 foot Optumis was spotted by someone onshore near Gurnard Luck to have lost power from its main outboard engine, and was making little headway with a smaller auxiliary outboard.

The lifeboat, launched just after 7 pm, found the boat was taken eastwards by the flood tide and was now off Egypt Point. It was towed by the lifeboat across the Solent, to off the Hampshire shore, where it was judged to be safe enough to continue with the auxiliary to its Southampton mooring at the entrance to the River Itchen

Lifeboat helm Laurie OCallaghan, said: “Because the boat was so under-powered our initial concern was that it was in imminent ddanger of going aground on rocks off Egypt Point. We then did not want to see such a slow-moving craft crossing the main shipping lane.”

Author: George Chastney