A56a840d-d365-4a62-b7ba-37f0f60bdc26

RNLI LIFEBOATS AID STRICKEN POWERBOATS DURING ROUND THE ISLAND RACE

RNLI volunteers from Bembridge and Cowes came to the rescue of 2 powerboats in separate incidents during today’s round the Island race.

Bembridge’s All Weather Lifeboat was launched on exercise this morning, keeping an eye on the competing crews as they rounded St Catherine’s Point.

Whilst en-route back to the offshore boathouse, at around 13:00, Solent Coastguard tasked the lifeboat with assisting a broken-down powerboat, Top Banana, near to Bembridge Ledge buoy.

Article continues below this advertisement

Once on scene and having conferred with the 2 crew on board, lifeboat volunteers established that it appeared the powerboat had probably lost a propeller.

The casualty vessel was towed back to Cowes by Bembridge ALB.

Commenting afterwards, Coxswain James Pink said:

“On a glorious day like today with ideal conditions for probably a very fast transit time around the island, it was highly unfortunate for them to suffer the prop failure. Fortunately, we were close by and were able to get them back, but unfortunately not at a speed they were used to travel at!”.

On the other side of the Island, Cowes RNLI went to the aid of a powerboat taking on water off The Needles.

Article continues below this advertisement

When the emergency was declared, Cowes’ inshore lifeboat – which was already afloat on the Solent – offered to provide assistance.

However, before the crew could arrive on scene another boat had successfully pumped out the water.

The decision was taken for the lifeboat to escort the powerboat and its 2 crew to Lepe, where  Hamble Independent Lifeboat took over escort duties as the powerboat carried on to Southampton Water.

Don’t miss another story! Get the Island’s latest news delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up to our daily newsletter here.

The views/opinions expressed in these comments are solely those of the author and do not represent those of Island Echo. House rules on commenting must be followed at all times.
7 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Andrew vowles
Andrew vowles
30 days ago

How many economic migrants aka child r*ping terrorists did they pick up as well?

James
James
Reply to  Andrew vowles
30 days ago

Are you ok?

Kevin P Cook
Kevin P Cook
Reply to  Andrew vowles
30 days ago

People unfortunately are afraid of hearing the truth.

Ben
Ben
30 days ago

Why do the race organisers not have their own rescue boat?

Wolf
Wolf
Reply to  Ben
30 days ago

I’ve always wondered that

George Hartford.
George Hartford.
Reply to  Ben
30 days ago

They rely on the charity of others!!

Chris
Chris
29 days ago

Why is a charity being used to ‘Rescue’ power boats in a race? This is a salvage operation, and the organisers should have their own safety boats. I have recently given up membership of RNLI because of the misuse of charitable funds

 

Join our daily newsletter