19th May 2016
Three of the RNLI volunteers of Cowes lifeboat station amply demonstrated their commitment to the cause when twice within ten hours they set aside personal obligations to attend call-outs.
The first call came late yesterday (Wednesday) evening when a distress flare was reported somewhere between the Royal Yacht Squadron’s Cowes Castle and Gurnard Bay. After launching at 10.43 pm the lifeboat searched this area of the Solent for over an hour, assisted on shore by Newport coastguards.
When nothing untoward was found it was suspected the flare had been set off with malicious intent.
Then at 8.18 am today the lifeboat was again launched, this time to go to the assistance of a fishing boat in Osborne Bay which had engine failure. The boat, the Georgia with one man aboard, was towed to a mooring in the River Medina. The lifeboat returned to station at around 9.30 am.
The three members of the four-person crew who turned out for both ‘shouts’ were helm Peter Murphy-Latham, Mark Harker and Alasdair Boden.
Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer