Lifeboat crew rescues four people in Solent yacht fire dramaÂ

The Cowes lifeboatThe Cowes lifeboat
The Cowes lifeboat
A YACHT that suffered an engine fire in the Solent sparked a rescue operation by a lifeboat crew today.

The 37-foot Haven Star, with two men and two women on board, reported the fire while east of Cowes Harbour.

A volunteer RNLI team from Cowes rushed to the stricken vessel's aid.

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Although the crew on board the Haven Star managed to put out the fire with two powder extinguishers before the lifeboat team arrived, the yacht's loss of power meant it still needed the RNLI's assistance.

A stern tow then took the yacht to its base at Hornet Marina, Haslar, Gosport.

The lifeboat, which launched at 1.10pm, returned to station at 3.30pm.