COWES and Yarmouth RNLI lifeboats were called to the rescue of a crippled motorboat, which was drifting in a gale-lashed Solent and was in danger of being run down by a cruise liner.
On Saturday, the new 43ft ketch, Fin Lady, with three adults and a child on board, had set out from Hamble to Cowes in winds which reached between Force 7 and 8. They also faced choppy seas.
However, The Solent crossing proved even more testing than the crew had bargained for when the vessel’s engine failed off Cowes and its storm jib was torn away.
Coastguards contacted the RNLI lifeboats in Cowes and Yarmouth at around 6pm and also ensured the cruise liner, Balmoral, was alerted that Fin Lady could drift into its path.
The Cowes crew were the first to reach the vessel near Prince Consort Buoy. Helm Scott Armiger decided another crew member and experienced sailor Heather Boden should go on board and assess the situation.
The yacht was then taken in tow and moved to a river mooring at The Folly on the River Medina. Yarmouth lifeboat, with its more powerful engine, was not needed at the rescue and turned back to Yarmouth.