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Optimus7Jul13A cabin cruiser with a couple and two children aboard was towed out of harms way by Cowes RNLI lifeboat on Saturday evening, after being reported to be having engine trouble.

The 20 foot Optumis was spotted by someone onshore near Gurnard Luck to have lost power from its main outboard engine, and was making little headway with a smaller auxiliary outboard.

The lifeboat, launched just after 19:00,  found the boat had been taken eastwards by the flood tide and was now off Egypt Point. It was towed by the lifeboat across the Solent, to off the Hampshire shore, where it was judged to be safe enough to continue with the auxiliary to its Southampton mooring at the entrance to the River Itchen.

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Lifeboat helm Laurie O’Callaghan, said:

“Because the boat was so under-powered our initial concern was that it was in imminent danger of going aground on rocks off Egypt Point. We then did not want to see such a slow-moving craft crossing the main shipping lane.”

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