Ferry in Solent yacht rescue

By Martin Neville

Friday, July 24, 2009


Ferry in Solent yacht rescue

The capsized yacht alongside Wightlink car ferry, St Helen. Pictures by Andrew and Donna Cooke.

 A YACHTSMAN was plucked from The Solent after his yacht capsized and started taking on water.

The Wightlink car ferry, St Helen, a Royal Victoria Yacht Club (RVYC) launch and Ryde Inshore Rescue went to the aid of the stricken yacht, Mac Magic, which was lying on her side with only the underside of the hull visible, and slowly drifting across the Fishbourne Channel.

Jonathan Dyer, RVYC’s marine and marketing manager, said: "We saw the boat capsize and a man clinging to the upside down boat.

"I went out in our launch with two of our club members, Sam and Amy Prime. When we got there the car ferry had lowered a rope down to him."

The stricken yacht, Mac Magic.
The stricken yacht, Mac Magic.
The yachtsman boarded St Helen over the forward bulwark while the RVYC rescue boat and Ryde Inshore Rescue attended Mac Magic.

The St Helen continued to Fishbourne, where the man disembarked.

These dramatic pictures were supplied by readers Andrew and Donna Cooke.

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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