Lifeboat rescues catamaran crew in harbour

HELP Rescuers on the scene
HELP Rescuers on the scene
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TWO people were rescued from the sea after their vessel capsized.

The Portsmouth RNLI’s boat the Norma T was launched to help the catamaran, close to Langstone Harbour.

The RNLI crew had been on site for a training exercise and were able to attend straight away.

Lifeboat Helmsman Pete Slidel shouted for the catamaran crew to get on board the harbour master’s boat, while the lifeboat secured a line to the capsized vessel’s mast.

Once the line was secured, the lifeboat turned into the tide to bring both vessels back under control and assess the situation.

It was found the catamaran crew had not long launched when they suffered from structural failure of the starboard rudder, which created a hole in the hull letting water to flood in, capsizing the boat.

The amount of water in the hull made it impossible to bring the boat back up themselves. It was towed to Hayling Island.