Cowes Lifeboat Station

No Sleep for a Man with Grounded Yacht Called Lullaby

18th August 2014

Cowes Lifeboat towing in a damaged yacht in Cowes Week earlier this year.

Cowes Lifeboat towing in a damaged yacht in Cowes Week earlier this year.

Cowes lifeboat was called out to a quite unique incident last (Sunday) night: a yacht had run aground on a new man-made shingle bank at the entrance to Cowes Harbour.

The shingle, which had only been disgorged from a large ship over the weekend, was part of the preliminary work for a new protective breakwater. The small yacht, Lullaby, with one man aboard, had come to grief on it around 9 pm when it was on its way from the Solent to a mooring up the River Medina.

After the lifeboat crew deployed a steadying anchor for the yacht the man was taken ashore to await the next high tide. He apparently managed to return to the yacht in a dinghy in the early hours of the morning and continue up the river.

  • People on The Parade at Cowes were treated to the unusual sight of a man walking on the bank at the next low tide later in the morning. Someone also planted a flag.

Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer Your Domain Name.

Photo Credit: RNLI/Nick Edwards

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