Cowes Lifeboat Station

Waterlogged Water Taxi Sparks Lifeboat Call-Out

2nd July 2016

'Sally Three' proceeding through the harbour under its own power, but with a lifeboat crew member still aboard and the lifeboat standing off.

‘Sally Three’ proceeding through the harbour under its own power, but with a lifeboat crew member still aboard and the lifeboat standing off.

Cowes RNLI lifeboat responded to an unusual May Day yesterday (Friday) evening after Solent Coastguards were alerted by a yacht that a water taxi was ‘sinking’ off Cowes.

 When the lifeboat arrived on the scene, off Princes Green, the Cowes based water taxi Sally 3 was found to have previously shipped well over a foot of water as a result of large waves. But the passengers it had been carrying had already been safely transferred to a yacht, leaving just the skipper on board.

Also by then all the water had successfully been evacuated by the water-taxi’s on-board pump.  It was towed by the lifeboat into Cowes Harbour.

The lifeboat, which had launched at 7.50 pm, returned to station at 8.20 pm.

This was the lifeboat’s second ‘shout’ in three hours, as preparations were underway for today’s huge Round the Island Race.

Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer.

Photo Credit: Cowes RNLI.