22th June 2018
Three people who became stuck in the mud in the River Medina
during the early hours of this morning sparked a rescue operation
involving Ventnor coastguards and Cowes RNLI lifeboat.
One of the three had earlier arrived in the area of Island Harbour from
Portsmouth at the helm of the 10-metre motor-cruiser Pipin to pick up
his son, thought to have attended the Island’s Music Festival at nearby
Seaclose. Before the father could do so, however, the boat ran aground
and when he attempted to reach the shore in the boat’s tender that too
ran aground, and an oar was lost.
As he struggled to reach the shore on foot he became stuck fast in the
cloying mud. The same fate also befell the son and another yachtsman
who went to his aid.
Eventually all three were brought ashore by Ventnor coastguards, and
the father was taken by ambulance to hospital suffering from cold. The
lifeboat managed to re-float the motor-cruiser and tow it to a pontoon off
Island Harbour. The tender was also recovered.
The lifeboat, which was launched just after 1 am, was away from its
station for some two hours.