Cowes Lifeboat Station

Yacht Francais Given Enough Rope to Float Free

18th May 2014

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Entente cordiale came by way of a tow rope in the Solent yesterday (Saturday) when Cowes lifeboat came to the rescue of a grounded French yacht.

The 29 foot Gavot II, with a couple and their two children aboard, had come to an abrupt halt on shingle and mud just west of the entrance of Newtown Estuary yesterday evening.

Responding to a Solent Coastguards request, Cowes lifeboat was launched at 6.20 pm and on arrival on the scene found the yacht leaning at an acute angle.

Lifeboat helm Neil Archer put Tony Harris aboard with a tow-rope, and through some judicious manoeuvring by the lifeboat the yacht was eventually re-floated. It was then free to return to its port of Lymington.

Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer.

Photo Credit: RNLI/Cowes