Cowes Lifeboat searches the Solent for a runaway speedboat


Lifeboat press release

Reports of a 20ft speedboat adrift and smoking carrying four people without life jackets led to the launch of the Cowes RNLI lifeboat last Sunday evening (June 26).

RNLI/Nick Edwards

Stock photo of the RNLI Cowes lifeboat ‘Sheena Louise’.

Although the boat was apparently somewhere between Cowes and Calshot, the initial search for the lifeboat proved fruitless. Passing ships, including a cruise ship, then received a radio call for help. Finally, one of Red Funnel’s passenger catamarans reported seeing the craft near the entrance to the Hamble River.

The lifeboat found the speedboat making three or four knots, with two men and two women on board; two of the people were soaked, having already fallen overboard.

A man and women were taken to a slipway on the River Itchen where they had a car. The lifeboat then returned to the speedboat and towed it to a boat trailer in the River Itchen, where it was met by the Hillhead Coastguard. Also present was a ship from Southampton Harbor Council.

Launched at 8:10 p.m., the lifeboat returned at 10:30 p.m.


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  • George Chastney, Cowes RNLI Volunteer Press Officer 07530 254052/ [email protected]
  • Paul Dunt, RNLI Media Regional Officer (London/East/South East) 0207 6207426/ 07785 296252/ [email protected]
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