24th April 2015
Crew members of Cowes RNLI lifeboat this evening lived up to the scouts’ ‘Be Prepared’ motto after learning they were urgently needed to help a dinghy sailor in obvious difficulties in the water singulair for allergies.
But as they hurriedly donned their dry suits in readiness for launching another call came through: the sailor was out of danger and safely back on dry land.
The sailor had apparently been in the water well off Gurnard for 40 minutes as he struggled to recover his dinghy. Eventually, however, one of three other dinghy sailors in the area managed to tow the craft and sailor back to Gurnard Sailing Club.
Operations manager Mark Southwell was, however, not at all put out by the lifeboat’s no-show. “We’d much rather be alerted about a possible problem even when it turns out our presence was not needed,” he said.
“All four dinghy sailors were very competent, especially local boat designer Jo Richards who managed the tow – itself quite a feat. And fortunately the rescued sailor did not need medical treatment.”
Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer