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01/09/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/09/2019 12:15

Two lifeboats go to aid of crippled catamaran

A newly acquired large catamaran had an eventful early outing for its owner when not one but two RNLI lifeboats, from Cowes and Yarmouth, were involved in towing it to safety across the Solent yesterday (Tues) evening.


The 48-foot craft, with three men and a woman aboard, had been due to sail from Hamble to East Cowes when it lost its steering. First on the scene, off Lepe Spit, was the Cowes Atlantic 85 lifeboat, but because of the catamaran's size it was decided it would be prudent to call on Yarmouth's all-weather lifeboat to take over the tow.

Although initially the plan was to return the craft to Hamble, it was decided it would be better for Yarmouth lifeboat to deliver it to Trinity Landing, Cowes. There it was met not only by Cowes lifeboat shore crew but also Needles Coastguards.

Cowes lifeboat, which had launched just after 6 pm, returned to station just over an hour later.

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.

The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland