VIDEO: Damaged Yacht Towed to Safety by Cowes Lifeboat

29th August 2020

Video taken onboard the lifeboat

A 26-foot yacht, in danger of being seriously damaged on rocks and a wall in a strong north-easterly, was towed to safety by Cowes RNLI lifeboat early this morning.

The boat, with a young man aboard, had slightly damaged its rudder because of rocks at Old Castle Point, East Cowes, preventing it going to port. The man, who was resting in the cabin when the lifeboat arrived on the scene, had gone aground during the night.

Lifeboat helm, Neil Archer, said, “There was a one and a half metre swell at the time of our arrival, and the situation could only have got worse when the tide turned, pushing the yacht well on to the wall.”

The lifeboat, which had launched at 6.30 am towed the boat to Trinity Landing; it returned to station around 8 am.