Cowes lifeboat races into Solent 'just for Kix'
Cowes RNLI lifeboat went to the aid of a small yellow catamaran with a steering problem in mid-Solent today.
The man on the craft, the Kix, had used his mobile phone to seek help through Solent Coastguards. First on the scene was the yacht Thunderbolt, which took the craft in tow until this task was taken over by the lifeboat.
The Kix was eventually towed to off the Little Gloster at Gurnard where the man was able reach the shore without further assistance.
The lifeboat, helmed by Mark Harker, was launched at 1.25 pm on Saturday and returned to station at 1.56 pm.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.