A capsized catamaran and its sole crew member, both in danger of drifting into the Solent’s main shipping lane, were rescued by Cowes RNLI lifeboat this evening (Sunday).

When the lifeboat arrived on scene off Calshot Spit, the volunteer lifeboat crew learnt that the 5.5 metre catamaran had been turned over by a gust of wind.

In its capsized state it was then taken in tow by a yacht.

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With the help of lifeboat crewman Andy Stretton, the sailor was able to right the vessel. Although initially he attempted to continue on sailing, he quickly changed his mind and the lifeboat duly towed the craft to Calshot Slip.

The lifeboat, which had launched just after 18:00, returned to station at 19:15.

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