Three Rescued from Sinking Yacht off Portsmouth

Mark Set

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https://maritime-executive.com/article/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. 

 

P_Wop

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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.

 

P_Wop

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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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