SEVEN people were rescued from the Solent after their yacht crashed into a boat and sank.
A crew from the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (Gafirs) came to the group’s aid following the incident near the Bramble Bank.
The crash caused the party – made up of five men and two women all wearing life jackets – to fall into the sea as their yacht took water.
A mayday signal was sent out by one of the members before help arrived.
A passing boat hauled them out of the sea before the Gafirs crew picked them up and took them to Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, to be checked over by paramedics.
The other vessel involved in the collision did not require any assistance.
Chris Rudd, Gafirs senior coxswain, said the group’s lives were saved in part due to them wearing life jackets.
He said: ‘The lady who put out the mayday was very good, they did all the right things.
‘The message is, lifeguards do save lives.’
While on its way back from Cowes, the lifeboat was flagged down by a passing motor cruiser who picked up a man who went overboard.
The casualty was assessed before being transferred to the landing pontoon back on the island.