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COWES LAUNCH TO THE AID OF EMERALD STAR

coweslifeboatlaunch400Trainees aboard a 40ft boat learning about the fine art of sailing received additional help from an unexpected source yesterday evening (Sunday).

With its engine broken down and unable to make progress in a strong tide because of lack of wind, the Emerald Star sought assistance through HM Coastguard.

Cowes RNLI lifeboat quickly responded to the call for help, launching at 20:50 before successfully locating the yacht drifting in the vicinity of South Bramble Buoy.

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The Emerald Star, based in Gosport and with five people aboard, was towed into Cowes Yacht Haven.

The lifeboat returned to station at 21:45.

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