RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution

09/23/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/23/2018 09:31

Cowes lifeboat races to fire stricken yacht

A yacht that suffered an engine fire in the Solent sparked a rescue operation by Cowes RNLI lifeboat this afternoon.

The 37-foot Haven Star, with two men and two women on board, reported the fire while east of Cowes Harbour.

Although the crew managed to put the fire out with two powder extinguishers before the lifeboat arrived, the yacht's loss of power meant it still needed its assistance.

A stern tow then took the yacht to its base at Hornet Marina, Haslar, Gosport.

The lifeboat, which launched at 1.10 pm, returned to station at 3.30 pm.

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