Cowes lifeboat goes to aid of sail-impeded yacht
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.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.