22nd September 2016
Cries for help from two men aboard a yacht off Calshot beach led to the launching of Cowes lifeboat yesterday (Wed) evening.
Someone on shore told Solent Coastguards that the men were aboard a small red yacht which appeared to be either aground or anchored. The lifeboat, which launched at 7.35 pm, arrived to find the yacht illuminated by a spotlight from a Southampton harbour launch.
The yacht crew were clearly inexperienced, the boat was in a poor condition, had no navigation lights, no safety equipment, and a line – which could be fishing gear – was wrapped around the propeller.
With the knowledge that a cruise ship from Southampton could soon be passing nearby, the lifeboat crew decided lose no time in towing the boat to Trinity Landing, Cowes, where the two men were interviewed by Newport Coastguard. The lifeboat returned to station at 8.50 pm.
Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer.