Plans by a man to take a RIB from Hamble to Cowes last night (Sunday) ran into trouble when the craft broke down at the mouth of Southampton Water.
Alerted to the emergency by Solent Coastguards, Cowes RNLI lifeboat launched at 21:20, as reported by Island Echo, and was at the scene just 11 minutes later.
It was discovered the RIB, with only the man on board, had lost propulsion through gear box failure.
The craft was towed to Cowes.
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