Boat crew saved after engine breaks down

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TWO people were rescued after a sports boat they were on broke down in the middle of the Solent.

The white vessel was en route to Gosport when it ran into trouble between Ryde Sands and Gilkicker Point.

The Ryde Independent Lifeboat crew was sent out shortly before 3pm yesterday to deal with the situation.

Wightlink ferry St Faith, which was travelling from Fishbourne to Portsmouth at the time, stopped and protected the boat from the wind until help arrived.

The lifeboat crew towed the boat with the people still onboard to their destination.

The ferry’s stop meant the 4pm Wightlink service from Portsmouth to Fishbourne was delayed by 10 to 15 minutes.

Paul Marlow, watch manager for Solent Coastguard, said: ‘A sports boat broke down with two people on board.

‘A passing Wightlink ferry stayed by until the lifeboat got there.

‘The ferry didn’t put anything on board, it just gave the vessel some protection from the wind.’

Wightlink spokeswoman Ashli Mcilroy said: ‘We assisted the vessel and stayed with it until a rescue team arrived.’