Drifting Dinghy Proved No Child’s Play for One Man

DA 25 year old man, aimlessly adrift on the Solent in a child’s inflatable dinghy, sparked a rescue operation involving Cowes RNLI, Hampshire police and auxiliary coastguards this evening.

The man had apparently gone to sea in the inflatable at Thorness, west of Cowes. Well over an hour later his plight was spotted by someone on Thorness Beach, and informed Solent Coastguards.

He was first taken aboard a police RIB, then later transferred to Cowes lifeboat which duly delivered him and his flimsy craft back to the shore. There Needles mobile auxiliary coastguards were waiting to further add to straightforward advice he had already received from the police.

Cowes lifeboat launched at 7.15 pm and returned at 8.25 pm.

Author: George Chastney

Cowes lifeboat tows boat out of harms way

The 20 foot Optumis was spotted by someone onshore near Gurnard Luck to have lost power from its main outboard engine, and was making little headway with a smaller auxiliary outboard.

The lifeboat, launched just after 7 pm, found the boat was taken eastwards by the flood tide and was now off Egypt Point. It was towed by the lifeboat across the Solent, to off the Hampshire shore, where it was judged to be safe enough to continue with the auxiliary to its Southampton mooring at the entrance to the River Itchen

Lifeboat helm Laurie OCallaghan, said: “Because the boat was so under-powered our initial concern was that it was in imminent ddanger of going aground on rocks off Egypt Point. We then did not want to see such a slow-moving craft crossing the main shipping lane.”

Author: George Chastney