Cowes Inshore Lifeboat

Callouts

Cowes Inshore Lifeboat

Callout Numbers
Emergency Only 999 Coastguard

Cowes Inshore Lifeboat
Photograph courtesy Beken

Patrol Area
The patrol area is from Cowes westwards to Newtown. East to Fishbourne. North to mid-Solent including the Bramble Bank and the River Medina to Newport. During the winter months the area to the West is extended to Yarmouth.

Patrol Times
365 day cover.
Weekends daylight afloat.
Major race days and regattas afloat, which includes total coverage of Cowes Week.

Average Callouts per Year
Approximately 35 to 40, assisting 100 to 120 persons.

Callouts 2007

Date / Time
Details of Incident
Persons
1st Jan
1541 hours
Yacht with engine failure and aground on a lee shore off the entrance to Beaulieu River. Taken in tow to deep water and on to a mooring in the river.
5

1st Jan
1639 hours

Possible person in the water wearing a lifejacket with a flashing light, off Gurnard Bay. Search of the area, flashing light attached to a mooring buoy.
 

 

Callouts 2006

Date / Time
Details of Incident
Persons
Sat 28 Jan
1630 hours
Yacht in the Western Solent taking on water, possibly sinking. Arrived on scene with suction pump and escorted vessel to Cowes.
4

Tues 14 Feb
1126 hours

Motor Cruiser with engine failure off Norris. Taken in tow to Island Harbour.
3
Sat 10 June 1735 hours Yacht off Gurnard with engine fire. Assisted another lifeboat in towing the vessel to Cowes.
4
Mon 12 June 0015 hours Yacht with fouled propellor in river Medina. Taken in tow to pontoon mooring opposite Folly Inn.
3
Sat 17 June
1500 hours
Crew member from a yacht moored in the Medina with possible serious back injuries. Transferred to awaiting ambulance at Town Quay.
1
Wed 21 June
15
14 hours
Crew member of yacht, west of Ryde Middle, with head injury. Worked alongside Coastguard helicopter to arrange medivac.
1
Wed 21 June
165
4 hours
Up turned dinghy sighted in Gurnard Bay. Searched the area until conformation that the casualty was safely ashore.  
Sat 15 July
1125 hours
Vessel aground on the Bramble bank. Taken in tow to deep water.
3
Sun 30 July
1315 hours
Yacht dismasted and aground with backstay caught on a rock at Egypt Point. Eventually refloated and taken in tow to mooring at Cowes.
3
Sun 30 July
1415 hours
Rib with engine failure off Beaulieu river entrance, taken in tow to mooring
3
Sun 30 July
1520 hours
Yacht with engine and rudder failure off Egypt point, towed to Kingston Marina for lift out.
8
Sun 30 July
1615 hours
Crew member on yacht with crushed fingers off Kings Quay, East Cowes, transferred to awaiting Paramedic at Cowes.
1
Thur 03 Aug
0307 hours
Yacht dragging its anchor onto a lee shore in gale force winds off Osborne bay. Secured yacht and retrieved anchor, towed vessel to safety in Cowes Harbour.
6 adults
4 children
Wed 09 Aug
2129 hours
Rib with 6 persons and a dog with engine failure east of Osborne Bay. Towed to East Cowes.
6 Persons + Dog
Thur 10 Aug
1925 hours
Yacht run aground off Egypt Point and snagged up with lobster pots and line. Unable to free without additional assistance, requested help from Calshot lifeboat. The two lifeboats freed the vessel and towed to Cowes for diver inspection and cutting free from the lobster pots.
7
Sat 12 Aug
1530 hours
Kite surfer with neck and head injuries following collision with moored boat in Thorness Bay. Checked out casualty, organised medivac to hospital
1
Wed 16 Aug
1748 hours
Reported possible sighting of a child in the water in the Medina River off the British Legion Club. Search of the area, nothing found. Determined to be a hoax.  
Sun 20 Aug
0848 hours
Report of speedboat overturned. Stood down by Solent Coastguard before launch.  
Sun 27 Aug
1046 hours
21 foot fishing boat broken down off Cowes. Taken in tow to East Cowes.
2
Sun 27 Aug
1130 hours
Powerboat with engine failure at start of race off Cowes. Taken in tow to the Yacht Haven.
2
Sun 27 Aug
1445 hours
Honda 225 powerboat with outboard torn off brackets adrift on race course at Cowes. Taken in tow to the yacht haven and managed to secure the outboard with a line to prevent its loss.
2
Sun 27 Aug
1545 hours
Motor cruiser with engine failure in the Western Solent. Search of the area and taken in tow towards Yarmouth. Requested the casualty be transferred to Yarmouth RNLI at Hampstead 5 Persons + Dog
9th Sept
0920 hours.

Small yacht aground on Wootton rocks. Stood down at the scene.

1
9th Sept
1601 hours

Vessel with anchor stuck in shallow water in Gurnard bay. Retrieved anchor and escorted yacht to deeper water.

2
9th Sept
1732 hours.

Yacht aground in Thorness Bay. Unable to assist because of the extremely low water. Returned to the scene at 2000 hours and remained on scene until the yacht could be towed free. Transferred one person from the yacht to Cowes in order for her to catch the Red Jet back to the mainland.

9
10th Sept
0512 hours.

Two yachts with a concrete float jammed between the hulls. managed to tow the obstruction free.

8
13th October
2128 hours.
Reported sighting of Red Flares in the western Solent. Full search of the area, nothing found. Possible hoax.

15th October
0200 hours.
Reported sighting of Red Flares east of Cowes harbour. Full search of the area, nothing found. Possible hoax.
15th October
0732 hours.
Dory with flat battery, off the Shrape at East Cowes. Vessel taken in tow to Cowes. Engine restarted so that the vessel could return to home port.
3
15th October Yacht reported adrift from mooring. Search of the area, nothing found.
15th October
1147 hours.
yacht aground on Bramble bank. Towed free.
4
15th October
1231 hours.
Yacht aground at the entrance to Beaulieu River. Towed free. Coastguard requested the lifeboat return as the vessel then had engine failure near a lee shore. Taken in tow again to deep water.
4
3rd Nov
1136 hours
Vessel on fire in Wootton Creek. Stood by to assist IW Fire & Rescue Service.
4
8th Nov
1302 hours.
Windsurfer in difficulty off Beaulieu River entrance. Returned the casualty to Lepe Beach
1
29th Sept
1610 hours.
Report of two RS Dinghies and crew overdue. Search of Thorness Bay area, found one dinghy and crew, the other dinghy confirmed safely ashore.
3
19th Oct
2338 hours.
Possible missing person from vessel in River Medina. located vessel and found person safe.
1
21st Oct
1237 hours.
28 foot yacht dismasted in the Western Solent. Rig secured and vessel taken in tow to Cowes.
3
21st Nov
0059 hours.
Report of a missing person. Full search of Cowes Harbour and North end of the Medina river. Body recovered.
1
26th Nov
1222 hours.
Yacht with missing rudder near East bramble. Taken in tow to Hamble. Handed over tow to Hamble L.B. at Calshot and transferred one sea sick crew member to R.S.Y.C. at Hamble.
10
2nd Dec
37 foot yacht aground on the Bramble Bank. Managed to pull vessel free with the assistance of Southampton H.M. vessel.
5
10th Dec
1840 hours.
Report of child in water from floating bridge. Search started of the area. Stood down due to a hoax.
 
16th Dec
0049 hours.
Fishing vessel with engine failure off West Lepe buoy. Taken in tow to Cowes.
5


Callouts 2005

Date / Time
Details of Incident
Persons

7th April

Capsized dinghy off Gurnard Bay, person requiring medical assistance. Casualty taken to awaiting ambulance and craft recovered later.

1
8th May Yacht off Norris with spinnaker wrapped around forestay, taken in tow to Cowes.
4
8th May
1648 hours
Yacht aground at Egypt Point, towed off and re floated.
2
8th May Vessel with engine failure at Bramble Bank, towed to Cowes.
1

12th June
1505 hours

Motor Cruiser on fire off Medham, river Medina. Took Harbour Master to the scene and towed the vessel to the river bank.
3

12th June
0030 hours

People stranded on small boat in mud near Newport Harbour. Retrieved and returned to Folly.
3

14th June
hour
s

Fishing vessel with rope around propeller. Taken in tow to Cowes.

1

15th June
1914 hours

Windsurfer with broken rig. Recovered person from water and returned to G.S.C.

1
18th June
1715 hours
Yacht aground on the Shrape, towed off.

7
18th June
1730 hours
Yacht aground on the Shrape, towed off.
5
18th June
2058 hours
Yacht with engine problems, towed into Cowes.
7
19th June
1915 hours
Speedboat with engine fault off East Cowes.
Escorted back to East Cowes slipway
6
21st June
1647hours
Yacht aground at Egypt Point. Towed off and escorted back to Cowes.
Returned to Egypt Point to retrieve their anchor.
3
24th June

MOB at Spinnaker race mark. Search of the area. Casualty picked up by other vessel and taken to Cowes without informing S.CG.

 
24th June

Vessel reported to have engine problems at entrance to Cowes harbour. Nothing found.

 
25th June
1452 hours

Vessel with engine failure in Thorness bay. Taken in tow to Folly.

4
28th June
1130 hours

Small vessel swamped by larger vessel near Mother bank. Persons transferred to Cowes ILB and vessel escorted to Cowes.

6
28th June

Yacht aground on Gurnard Ledge attended by other lifeboat. Cowes ILB requested to transfer crew member with suspected broken arm to awaiting ambulance at Cowes.

1
28th June
1640 hours

Vessel with engine failure off Norris. Taken in tow to East Cowes.

4
4th July
1130 hours

Vessel with small engine fire off Prince Consort.Fire already put out, towed vessel into Cowes.

5
4th July
1542 hours

Yacht aground at Norris Point. Towed into Cowes.

5
5th July
1215 hours

Yacht near S. E. Ryde Middle with crew person with serious injury to an eye and cut to head. Taken to awaiting ambulance at Cowes.

6
6th July
1557 hours

Yacht aground off the Shrape. Assisted another lifeboat to tow free.

3
6th July
1654 hours

Capsized vessel, 2 persons in the water, near entrance to Cowes Harbour. Casualties recovered and taken to base to dry clothing. Vessel recovered to shallow water.

2
TBC
0457 hours

RIB on fire with possibly 3 persons missing near Cowes Harbour. Search of the area, nothing found. Rib towed to Cowes. Vessel probably set alight by persons unknown.

 

19th July
1830 hours

Capsized trimaran with broken mast off Norris. Recovered crew from water, righted vessel and towed to Cowes.

2
21st July
1736 hours

Called to assist other Unit with person off yacht stranded in mud at Newtown. Stood down when police were able to make contact.

2
30th July
1117 hours

Two yachts in collision near E Lepe, crew member with foot injury. Crew person taken to awaiting ambulance.

6
31st July
1300 hours

Yacht aground at Lepe Spit. Towed off and taken to Cowes.

6
1st August
2030 hours
Mayday call. Search of the Eastern Solent, later found to be a hoax.  
2nd August
2017 hours

Motor vessel with engine problem under tow by another lifeboat in the Eastern Solent. Tow transferred and brought into Cowes.

3
4th August
1335 hours

Dismasted trimaran, one crew member with head injury, another with rib injury. Casualties transferred to awaiting ambulance and vessel escorted to Cowes.

3
4th August
1400 hours

MOB with foot injury, picked up by another vessel. Transferred to Cowes ILB and onto awaiting ambulance.

1
5th August
1121 hours

Yacht T-boned in collision, two crew members with head injuries. Vessel escorted to Cowes and casualties transferred to awaiting ambulance.

10
18th August
1515 hours

Motor cruiser with engine failure off Norris. Taken in tow to Folly.

6
26th August
1315 hours

Sighting of possible lifejacket in the water near Egypt Point. Search of the area found a pair of sailing waterproofs and search called off.

 
26th August
1536 hours

Helicopter ditched in the water near Prince Consort. Recovered the crew from the scene and taken to awaiting ambulance at Town Quay.

2
28th August
1330 hours

Speedboat with engine failure stranded in the path of a powerboat race. Taken in tow to a safe area Eastern approach to Cowes harbour.

2
28th August
1530 hours

Racing powerboat with steering failure stranded on race turning mark off the Green. Taken in tow to The Yacht haven.

3
11th Sept
1516 hours
Capsized dinghy in Gurnard Bay, person in water. Person ashore when lifeboat arrived on scene, checked casualty over for any injuries. 2
15th Sept
1040 hours
Possible engine fire on yacht in the Medina river. Stood by while the Fire Service made safe. 2
30th October
0106 hours

Person on yacht at Folly Reach suffering with suspected stroke.Found the vessel, liased with paramedics. Casualty refused medical help.

4
3rd December
0330 hours

Tasked to attend car in the water at West Cowes Floating Bridge slipway, two persons in the water. Secured car and carried out search of the area.

2
29th December
1716 hours
Motor vessel with engine failure in the eastern shipping channel. Initially taken in tow by the Southampton Pilot boat and transferred to CILB off Norris and brought into Cowes. 1


Previous Callouts

Year
Number of Incidents
People Assisted
2006
42
134 persons & 2 dogs
2005
43
140 (9 months only)
2004
37
87 (9 months only)
2003
37
101 (11 months only)
2002
31
88
2001
40
108
2000
38
101
1999
29
52
1998
38
109
1997
40
87
1996
42
141
1995
43
128
1994
27
59
1993
49
138
1992
47
107
1991
45
101
1990
Figures not available
1989
Figures not available

 


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