Cowes RNLI Lifeboat Station

Luck Runs Out for Two Men and their Small Boat

26th June 2017

Cowes lifeboat prepares to tow the yacht to Cowes.

An eighteen foot sailing boat became a casualty in the Solent yesterday
(Monday) – requiring the assistance of Cowes lifeboat.

The two men aboard the River Medina-based mini-yacht not only found that their
outboard engine had failed off Egypt Point, but also their anchor could not prevent
the boat being swept westwards by the fast-moving tide. UK Coastguards were
alerted to their plight by the crew of a motorboat, which stood by until the lifeboat

The yacht, described by lifeboat helm Mark Harker as being in a ‘poor condition’, and
with neither men wearing lifejackets, was towed to the Island Sailing Club pontoon at

Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer

Photo Credit: RNLI Cowes