Author: Tim Woodcock, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
The Calshot all-weather lifeboat Sarah Emily Harrop was called today (Thursday) to aid a Parker 235 24foot yacht called ‘Kinkajou’ that had been blown onto rocks near Gurnard on the Isle of Wight.
The yacht was blown off course and onto the rocks during a short spell of squally weather with driving rain and poor visibility.
The single-handed sailor put out a mayday call and the Calshot RNLI lifeboat launched to his assistance, in the meantime, a passing Army vessel had stood by the stricken yacht to await the arrival of the lifeboat.
A crew member boarded the casualty yacht to assess whether any serious damage had occurred, the vessel was deemed to be seaworthy and she was taken in tow to the Beaulieu River entrance to the waiting Harbourmasters launch.
Duncan Christie lifeboat coxswain said that the Skipper had been well equipped with VHF Radio and other safety kit and that he had done the right thing in putting out a mayday call at the beginning of his ordeal in light of the unknown damage to his vessel.