A Force 6 wind against the tide led to Cowes RNLI lifeboat going to the aid of a 35ft yacht on which 3 of the 4 men aboard were suffering from severe sea sickness.
A radio call for help came as the skipper sailed from mid-Solent to the relative shelter of Osborne Bay, after failing to start his engine.
The lifeboat launched at 15:50 and upon arrival at the scene a lifeboat crew member went aboard and gave out seasick tablets.
Then the yacht was towed to Trinity Landing where The Needles Coastguard Rescue Team were waiting to give the sick crew-men further attention.
It was the first time that Jason Hughes, a newly appointed Deputy Launch Officer at Cowes, has given the required go-ahead for a launching.
Also arriving at Trinity Landing around the same time was a yacht which had been dismasted in the wind-swept western Solent and towed to safety by Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat.
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