Cowes Lifeboat Station

Speedboat Ensured Training Took on Whole New Light

7th August 2017

It was all hands to the pump as the speedboat was pushed on a trolley
up a slipway at Hamble.

What was meant to be just a training exercise in boat-towing became the real
thing yesterday (Sunday) evening when the Cowes lifeboat crew were tasked to
go to the aid of a grounded 16 foot speedboat.

The speedboat, with two young men aboard, had broken down and gone aground on
shingle off Hillhead, Hampshire, and was in danger of drifting helplessly in the
choppy Solent when it floated free as the incoming tide.

The speedboat under tow by the lifeboat.

After UK Coastguards were alerted to the problem around 8 pm by the Hillhead
Coast Rescue team the lifeboat, already involved in a towing exercise in the Solent,
was tasked to go to the scene.

The two men were eventually transferred to the lifeboat and lifeboat crew member
Dominic Brown went aboard the speedboat as it was towed into deeper water and
taken on to Hamble.

“I am sure the training became even more useful with this real-life ‘shout’,” said
lifeboat helm, Mark Harker.

Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer

Photo Credit: RNLI Cowes Lifeboat