A LIFEBOAT crew was called out for the second night running last night (Thursday) to help the crew of a yacht crossing the Solent trying to get to Isle of Wight Festival.
This time, Cowes RNLI lifeboat was called to help the 25 ft yacht Hoka-Hey which was unable to make headway under sail in Force Eight winds and was experiencing engine failure.
The boat, which had set out from Emsworth in Portsmouth Harbour, called Solent Coastguards for help while in Osborne Bay.
Cowes lifeboat was able to respond quickly to the emergency as it was on exercise at the time. When it arrived at the scene, it found one of the yacht’s crew was too seasick to take an active part in running the vessel.
Lifeboat helmsman, Max Rimmington, put crew member Chris Adams on board the yacht which was towed to its intended destination at Island Harbour on the east bank of the Medina.
On Wednesday night, the lifeboat went to Osborne Bay to go to the aid of a 34ft motor cruiser taking on water. The cuiser crew were also planning to attend the festival.