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Cowes Lifeboat Frees Yacht In Floating Bridge Incident

A 38 foot French yacht that was caught on a chain of the East/West Cowes floating bridge this (Sunday) morning led to Cowes RNLI carrying out an unusual rescue operation.

The yacht’s prow, caught on a chain on the east side of the river, meant the floating bridge could have been out of action for some time because of the ebbing tide.

The lifeboat, which launched just after 6 am, eventually carried out an alongside tow to carefully free the yacht and its crew of three; it was taken to Shepards Marina to have its hull inspected for possible damage.

Also attending the incident were coastguards from Bembridge and Ventnor, and a Cowes Harbour Commission launch.

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