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Three Rescued from Sinking Yacht off Portsmouth

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BY THE MARITIME EXECUTIVE 2019-11-12 20:28:11

On Monday afternoon, a Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) volunteer crew helped in the response to a sinking yacht in the Solent, just outside of Cowes. 

The 40-foot yacht had lost its rudder and was taking on water. According to initial reports, it had snagged the anchor chain of a buoy at the entrance of Cowes Harbour. It was arriving on a short voyage from Portsmouth with three Swiss crewmembers on board.

The yacht began drifting westwards as it took on water. The Cowes RNLI lifeboat went to its aid, along with a crew transport vessel, the Calshot RNLI lifeboat, a police launch, a Cowes Harbour launch, a catamaran and two car ferries belonging to the Red Funnel line. 

Two of the yacht’s crewmembers were taken off by the crew transport craft, and two of the Cowes lifeboat crew boarded the yacht with a salvage pump. However, the flooding had already reached as high as the yacht's chart table, and the team determined that dewatering would be ineffective. 

As it was clear the yacht would eventually sink, everyone was taken off the craft, and the Cowes Harbour launch used a tow line to take the yacht further away from the shipping lane. The yacht finally went down off Gurnard, leaving just part of the mast above the water. The Cowes Harbour launch left a marker buoy at the site as a warning to other vessels.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is a charitable, non-profit lifesaving force with rescue boats located around the UK and Ireland. Its volunteers and full-time lifeguards have been saving seafarers in UK waters for nearly 200 years. 

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3 minutes ago, Mark Set said:

something missing in that pic, can you spot it?

Anybody know what make it is?

rudder

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Err that’s Cowes....as your quote mentions. 

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no, i asked for the make of the yacht. cant tell.

12 minutes ago, mad said:

Err that’s Cowes....as your quote mentions. 

 

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48 minutes ago, KC375 said:

rudder  rutter

 

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7 minutes ago, Parma said:

What's interesting is that the boat has lost it's rudder, yet is down by the bow.

Probably because the front fell off just before the rudder.

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snagged the anchor chain of a buoy at the entrance of Cowes Harbour.

just fucking how do you manage to do that?

so chain runs down the front of the keel, then pops back up and tears off the rudder? 

and why the hell are you so close to the buoy on a day like that?  schnaps involved?

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16 minutes ago, Grande Mastere Dreade said:

just fucking how do you manage to do that?

so chain runs down the front of the keel, then pops back up and tears off the rudder? 

and why the hell are you so close to the buoy on a day like that?  schnaps involved?

I sailed the Solent most of my life.  The only way you can get a mostly vertical steel buoy chain round your rudder is to T-bone the bloody buoy first. There's probably a big hole up forward, as those things have some big and unforgiving steel lugs welded onto them. 

What a bunch of nonces.

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4 hours ago, Grande Mastere Dreade said:

just fucking how do you manage to do that?

It's pretty much a full Moon at the moment, so Spring tides, and anyone who's raced at Cowes will know the tide's pretty strong there; my guess is they hit it sideways.

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The remains of it being towed into Cowes today. 

Photo credit to my old chum John Green (aka Giovanni Verde) in Cowes who used to run Sparcraft Masts in Lymington, and is now a keen (and pretty fine) amateur photographer.

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18 minutes ago, P_Wop said:

The remains of it being towed into Cowes today. 

Photo credit to my old chum John Green (aka Giovanni Verde) in Cowes who used to run Sparcraft Masts in Lymington, and is now a keen (and pretty fine) amateur photographer.

 

get him to take of pic of what they hit...

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1 minute ago, Grande Mastere Dreade said:

get him to take of pic of what they hit...

There is one, I think.  I'll try to find it.

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Again, a John Green photo.  Thanks, John.

It was one of these two buoys, at the Cowes entrance. Not sure which one, but they're hard and knobbly.

I mean, hitting No. 2 buoy in daylight is pretty silly.

The boat is now being prepared for its next charter crew. :lol::lol::lol:

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How can you hit a channel buoy during daylight????????????

An unlit buoy during the night, I can understand but during the afternoon?

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16 hours ago, Grande Mastere Dreade said:

just fucking how do you manage to do that?

so chain runs down the front of the keel, then pops back up and tears off the rudder? 

and why the hell are you so close to the buoy on a day like that?  schnaps involved?

Charter boat. 

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2 hours ago, P_Wop said:

The remains of it being towed into Cowes today. 

Photo credit to my old chum John Green (aka Giovanni Verde) in Cowes who used to run Sparcraft Masts in Lymington, and is now a keen (and pretty fine) amateur photographer.

 

Been wondering if that was indeed him or maybe his grandson, but good on him to stay so active, and his nice pics of Brittania are much appreciated by many here. 

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2 hours ago, P_Wop said:

The remains of it being towed into Cowes today. 

Photo credit to my old chum John Green (aka Giovanni Verde) in Cowes who used to run Sparcraft Masts in Lymington, and is now a keen (and pretty fine) amateur photographer.

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Were you around when Sunsail parked one by the Squadron cannons?  
As it heeled over they had to move a few of them before the mast snagged them. :P
 

edit to add,

Have you been back since the addition of the new breakwater?  It’s made the currents do some very strange things!!  

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14 minutes ago, mad said:

Were you around when Sunsail parked one by the Squadron cannons?  
As it heeled over they had to move a few of them before the mast snagged them. :P
 

edit to add,

Have you been back since the addition of the new breakwater?  It’s made the currents do some very strange things!!  

No, I missed the Sunsail one.

But you're right about the new RYS breakwater.  The Castle start line isn't what it used to be.  No more sneaking the Daring up the bricks, over the RLYC & RYS steps and popping in a surprise port tack start

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23 minutes ago, Ishmael said:

What happened to the rig? It seemed firmly attached when it went down.

if the front really did fall off maybe the forestay gave up. Or maybe they cut it away to lessen the hazard to shipping / reduce risk for divers when refloating it?

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