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Capsized catamaran in RNLI rescue after nearly drifting into Solent shipping lane off Calshot Spit




RNLI rescuers rushed to the aid of a capsized catamaran which drifted dangerously close to the Solent’s main shipping lane off Calshot Spit.

The alarm was raised just after 6pm yesterday (Sunday), with reports the 5.5-metre vessel with one person on board had been blown over by a gust of wind while sailing between Lepe and Cowes.

A lifeboat from Cowes was launched, finding the catamaran under tow from a yacht, and one of the volunteer crew boarded and helped right it. Taking over the tow, the lifeboat brought it to Calshot Slip.

Capsized catamaran rescue close to Solent's main shipping lane off Calshot Spit, between Lepe and Cowes (Photo: Cowes RNLI) (51406230)
Capsized catamaran rescue close to Solent's main shipping lane off Calshot Spit, between Lepe and Cowes (Photo: Cowes RNLI) (51406230)

A Cowes RNLI Facebook post afterwards said: “Just after 6pm this evening, Cowes lifeboat was tasked to a capsized catamaran and its one-man crew, in danger of drifting into the Solent’s main shipping lane.

Capsized catamaran rescue close to Solent's main shipping lane off Calshot Spit, between Lepe and Cowes (Photo: Cowes RNLI) (51406232)
Capsized catamaran rescue close to Solent's main shipping lane off Calshot Spit, between Lepe and Cowes (Photo: Cowes RNLI) (51406232)

“The 5.5-metre catamaran had been turned over by a gust of wind, near Calshot Spit. In its capsized state it had been taken in tow by a yacht.

Capsized catamaran rescue close to Solent's main shipping lane off Calshot Spit, between Lepe and Cowes (Photo: Cowes RNLI) (51406228)
Capsized catamaran rescue close to Solent's main shipping lane off Calshot Spit, between Lepe and Cowes (Photo: Cowes RNLI) (51406228)

“With the help of lifeboat crewman Andy, transferring to the catamaran, the owner was able to right the craft and it was subsequently towed by the lifeboat to Calshot Slip.”



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