15 October 2013
An urgent message from a 35 foot yacht that it had sprung a leak led to Cowes RNLI lifeboat making an emergency dash across the Solent just after mid-day today.
The Mistral radioed Solent Coastguards that it was taking on water through the engine shaft while off Lepe Spit.
When the lifeboat arrived on the scene the helm, local boat-builder Patrick Moreton, went aboard to confirm assurances from the four-strong yacht crew that the leak was being adequately dealt with by their bilge pump. The yacht was then towed by the lifeboat to the entrance of Hamble River where the tow was taken over by a Hamble Services RIB and taken to a Hamble boatyard.
After refuelling in the River Medina the lifeboat returned to station at 2.10 pm.
Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer.