As previously reported by Island Echo, at 10:32 on Wednesday the Yarmouth All Weather Lifeboat was called to the aid of a lone sailor whose 28ft yacht was disabled in the western Solent with no steering. The lifeboat launched at 10:40 and located the stricken yacht one mile south of the Needles lighthouse at 10:57, she was then taken in tow by the lifeboat to Yarmouth for repairs.
The crew’s emergency pagers went off for a second time later that day and the Yarmouth lifeboat was launched at 18:02 in response to a call for help to HM Coastguard from those on board a yacht whose anchor was fouled in fishing gear in 22 knots of wind. The lifeboat reached the yacht within 10 minutes and was able to clear the anchor then escort the vessel back to her home port of Yarmouth.
In a third shout on Thursday morning, the Yarmouth lifeboat was launched once again at 08:59 to go to the aid of a 30ft motor vessel suffering from engine problems and a fouled propeller in Christchurch Bay. The anchor was recovered by the lifeboat crew and the vessel was towed safely back to Yarmouth.