Engine trouble proved to be the final straw for two Isle of Wight men for whom a day’s fishing aboard their 16 foot cabin cruiser in the Solent yesterday (Sunday) produced just one small fish.
As a result Cowes RNLI lifeboat was tasked by Solent Coastguards at 4.22 pm to go to the aid of the men who by then had anchored their boat, Phoenix, in Thorness Bay.
By the time the lifeboat arrived on the scene, however, the men had managed to get the engine going again. As a precaution the lifeboat, helmed by Steve Price, escorted the Phoenix as far as Cowes Harbour. From there the fishing boat continued up the River Medina to Black House Quay, Newport.
The current Cowes RNLI lifeboat station is within Shepards Wharf Marina, but the RNLI is refurbishing the old Custom House building, near the mouth of the River Medina, to create a new lifeboat station. This will bring the lifeboat four minutes closer to the open sea and allow the crew to reach casualties more quickly. 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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