Cowes Lifeboat Station

Lifeboat Hangs Around for a Hanging Catamaran

22nd April 2018

A light-weight racing catamaran, driven half into Cowes Harbour by high
winds last (Saturday) night, led to the launching of the local RNLI
lifeboat.

The catamaran was swept off its trolley at Venture Quay and ended up
precariously hanging from a quayside pier. After the upturned catamaran was
spotted by someone aboard a Red Funnel car ferry, UK Coastguards decided
it could be a possible danger to other craft if it broke free and drifted away.

Cowes lifeboat raced to the scene to keep watch, joined onshore by mobile
coastguards from Ventnor and Bembridge. Eventually, however, the wind had
dropped sufficiently for the lifeboat crew deciding the catamaran was going
nowhere and it was safe to return to station.

The lifeboat, which launched around 8.30 pm, had been away from station for
over two hours.

The catamaran was expected to be craned back to the shore by Venture
Quay staff today.