Mayday Call sparks Cowes Lifeboat Launch

RNLI lifeboat crews have revealed details on the dramatic rescue carried out this morning in storm force conditions.

Volunteer lifeboat crew members from Cowes launched this morning to assist the crew of 40ft sailboat in major difficulty.

The crew was requested to launch by UK Coastguard shortly after 12 lunchtime after a Mayday distress call from the sailing vessel received. Her crew reported broken steering and other engine difficulties in bad weather, giving their position as three miles off Cowes in the Western Solent.
Cowes RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Shenna Louise, was launched and arrived to find the boat floundering after its engines had failed.

Cowes RNLI spokesman said: “It was pretty horrendous out there by all accounts. Our crew got up alongside Attached a tow line and safely brought the vessel back into Cowes Harbour it took a couple of hours but everyone is now back recovering on dry land.