Seven saved in Solent boat drama

Seven people were rescued from a sinking boat in the Solent today.

Tuesday, 2nd August 2016, 1:59 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 4:21 pm

They were on a committee vessel monitoring a yacht race off Cowes when the craft began to subside.

Cowes RNLI lifeboat was called just before 1pm after a call saying that the Royal Ocean Racing Club catamaran Twin Wakes was taking on water.

A Cowes lifeboat spokesman said the the engine room had flooded and the boat, which was on monitoring duty for the during the J111 Garmin World Championship race.

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was sinking.

The vessel stabilised after the people on board were evacuated.

They were taken back to Cowes by a police boat, and the catamaran was towed to shore by Cowes lifeboat.

Picture sent to portsmouth.co.uk by Tracey Mcnamee, whose partner Duncan Reynolds was involved in the rescue