Yachting Family Encounters Double Trouble

25 January 2013

Cowes Lifeboat towing the yacht Islanda.
Cowes Lifeboat towing the yacht Islanda.

A family’s Solent outing in a chartered yacht came to an abrupt halt today when they encountered problems twice-over, requiring the urgent help of Cowes RNLI lifeboat.

The family, aboard the 35 foot Islanda, discovered that not only had a rope become wrapped around their propeller but they were unable to retrieve their anchor.

The incidents occurred at Lepe Spit near the entrance to Beaulieu River. When the crew of Cowes lifeboat also had difficulty taking up the anchor they decided to cut it free and tow the yacht back to Shepards Wharf, Cowes.

Later, as the anchor could be deemed a danger to navigation, the lifeboat returned to Lepe Spit. There, despite increasingly choppy conditions, the crew eventually managed to recover it; then it was back to Cowes to restore it to the yacht.

The lifeboat had launched soon after 1 pm and the whole ‘shout’ had lasted 2 hours 20 minutes. Aboard the Islanda were a couple, two young children and a dog, from Kenilworth in the Midlands.

Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer.

Photo Credit: Cowes RNLI.

N.B. More pictures in the album ‘2014 Services’.