Cowes lifeboat goes to aid of sail-impeded yacht

Lifeboats News Release

A 32 foot yacht rendered virtually immobile when its spinnaker became wrapped around the keel was eventually towed to safety by Cowes lifeboat today.

The Fortify, with a man and woman aboard, had sought help in mid-Solent off Cowes, with the yacht in danger of drifting into the main shipping channel.


Cowes lifeboat, with Neil Archer at the helm, was launched at 12.19 pm. Although the spinnaker, worth several thousand pounds, had to be cut loose the lifeboat crew believed at least part of it was still attached to the keel as the yacht was slowly towed to East Cowes Marina.


The lifeboat returned to station at 1.19 pm. 

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