A yacht on a voyage from Jersey to Hamble had to call for assistance in the early hours of today when it was unable to start its engine in the light wind conditions, and was also in a no-anchoring zone.
The 46 foot Dido with four people on board, had alerted Solent Coastguards of the problem when off Gurnard, just before 2 am. Although Cowes lifeboat, with Patrick Moreton at the helm, quickly responded to the call it found the Dido was by then off Cowes. It towed the yacht into East Cowes Marina.
Appeal: The current Cowes RNLI lifeboat station is a small, temporary facility within Shepards Wharf Marina, but the RNLI is soon to refurbish the old Custom House building, near the mouth of the River Medina, to create a new lifeboat station. This location will reduce the lifeboat launching time by four minutes, allowing the crew to reach casualties more quickly, which in turn could prove crucial in saving lives out at sea. For more information or to find out how you can support the Cowes Lifeboat Station Appeal, visit www.rnli.org.uk/cowesappeal website link.
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