Calm before the storm: RNLI lifeboat training becomes real rescue

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An extended training session for Hampshire’s lifeboat crew ended abruptly as they were called to an emergency situation on the Solent.

On the way to the harbour, the crew abandoned their plans in order to come to the aid of a yacht. Those aboard the yacht were competing in a race when their mast stopped them in their tracks, collapsing in the strong winds.

The lifeboat crew were quick to act by untangling rigging, restoring sails to the correct position, and retrieving the foresail, which had become wedged under the hull of the boat. With the help of the RNLI the yacht was able to return to Hamble and none of its crew were injured in the incident.

During this incident the RNLI were away from their station for around five hours. With the help of volunteers, the organisation provides a 24 hour service and rescues those in difficulty at sea. Since it was founded the RNLI has saved around 140,000 lives.

Cowes RLNI aims to move its lifeboat station four minutes closer to the Solent for better access and improved chances of saving those at sea. The crew need to raise £1 million within their campaign to achieve this goal.

 

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