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Cowes RNLI was tasked to assist a yacht while out on their first permitted exercises since the coronavirus lockdown this afternoon (Saturday).

Solent Coastguard requested the volunteer crew to attend a yacht that had a jammed jib.

The tasking was received at 12:52 having been spotted and reported to HM Coastguard by another vessel in the area.

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Unfortunately, further problems arose when the 2 men who were on board the casualty vessel discovered they were unable to start their engines.

Once the jib issue was rectified, the lifeboat towed the yachted into a mooring at Beaulieu River on the mainland.

Crews returned to their station in Cowes at 15:15.

In other news… Yarmouth RNLI was tasked to reports of different Yacht in difficulty south of the Island and Bembridge RNLI had a double shout to a Yacht and 2 paddleboarders in difficulty.

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