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cowesrnliPractice became less than perfect for the skipper of a 36ft yacht in the Solent this afternoon (Tuesday), resulting in Cowes RNLI lifeboat being summoned to go to his aid.

The skipper of Mighty Monk had gone for a sail from Warsash to demonstrate gybes to a friend from Finland. Unfortunately  well off Gurnard a rope from the yacht became wrapped around the rudder and propeller, leading to loss of power and minimal steerage.

The skipper prudently decided it would be too risky in the south westerly to then put so much reliance on just the sails to reach safety.

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In answer to a call from HM Coastguard, Cowes lifeboat was launched at 15:20 and towed the yacht, which also had a dog aboard, to Medina Yard, Cowes. The lifeboat returned to station about an hour later.

It was the second  ‘shout’ for Cowes lifeboat within 12 hours; in the early hours the lifeboat joined Island coastguards in a search of a person in the River Medina area, whose disappearance gave cause for concern. The person was eventually found unharmed by, it is believed, HM Coastguard.

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