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The crew of Cowes RNLI lifeboat had the rare experience of responding to not 1 but 3 emergencies when on Cowes Week safety patrol yesterday (Wednesday).

The first alert involved the Spider Pig high performance sports yacht which had suffered a broken rudder off Gurnard and was drifting towards Cowes Green. The boat, with 5 people aboard, was towed to Medina Yard, Cowes where it was craned ashore.

Next task for the lifeboat was to go to the aid of a small yacht, ‘Josh’, which had entangled its spinnaker. However, before the lifeboat arrived a passing boat came to Josh’s assistance, after which it was towed to safety by a race committee boat.

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This released the lifeboat to be diverted to a 40ft yacht, ‘Jet’, which had gone aground on the Bramble Bank at the mouth of Southampton Water. The yacht was duly dragged stern-first off the sand and towed by the lifeboat to East Cowes.

As a precaution, the lifeboat and yacht were accompanied across the Solent, as far as Prince Consort Buoy, by the RNLI’s Calshot lifeboat.

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