Cowes Lifeboat. By Nick Edwards

An unwell woman aboard a 28-foot yacht with a broken down engine led to Cowes RNLI lifeboat racing across the Solent last night (Thursday).

The yacht was reported to be drifting north-east of Hillhead Buoy, close to the Hampshire shore.

The lifeboat launched at 6.10pm, and eventually took the woman aboard for a speedy return to Cowes; then at Trinity Landing the woman, was helped by Ventnor coastguards and an ambulance crew to a waiting ambulance and taken to St Mary’s Hospital.

Cowes Lifeboat. By Nick Edwards

At 7.50pm the yacht arrived at Trinity Landing, having been towed across the Solent by a RIB. The yacht’s three remaining crew members had been joined for the crossing by a member of the lifeboat crew.