9th December 2014
Practice became less than perfect for the skipper of a 36 foot yacht in the Solent this afternoon, resulting in Cowes RNLI lifeboat being summoned to go to his aid.
The skipper of Mighty Monk had gone for a sail from Warsash to demonstrate gybes to a friend from Finland. Unfortunately well off Gurnard a rope from the yacht became wrapped around the rudder and propeller, leading to loss of power and minimal steerage.
The skipper prudently decided it would be too risky in the south westerly to then put so much reliance on just the sails to reach safety.
In answer to a call from Solent coastguards, Cowes lifeboat was launched at 3.20 pm and towed the yacht, which also had a dog aboard, to Medina Yard, Cowes. The lifeboat returned to station about an hour later.
It was the second ‘shout’ for Cowes lifeboat within 12 hours; in the early hours the lifeboat joined Island coastguards in a search of a person in the River Medina area, whose disappearance gave cause for concern. The person was eventually found unharmed by, it is believed, coastguards.
Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer.
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