Bembridge RNLI’s All Weather Lifeboat launched to assist a 20ft sailing boat that was in difficulty without an engine in the middle of the shipping channel shortly after midnight.
Solent Coastguard requested the launch of the lifeboat from Lane End at 00:20 this morning (Thursday) to assist the sailing boat with 2 crew onboard, which was located to the east of North Sturbridge buoy without power and making no progress under sail.
The urgency was that there was a 200m car carrier – the Glovis Superior – travelling at 16 knots outbound from Southampton.
Conditions were pretty benign at NE Force 3 so it didn’t take long for the volunteer lifeboat crew to reach the casualty vessel and identify them to the Glovis Superior.
After a dynamic risk assessment and given that her engine was not working, they were not making any progress under sail and they did not have a VHF radio, it was decided to tow her into Portsmouth.
To assist the 2 crew onboard connect the tow, 1 of Bembridge Lifeboat’s crew was transferred to the sailing yacht.
Having berthed the yacht safely in Gosport Marina, the relief lifeboat ‘Peter and Lesley-Jane Nicholson’ returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 02:15.
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