Three Isle of Wight RNLI teams came to the aid of three crews and two paddleboarders, in rescues around the Island's coast on Saturday.

Jib jammed

Cowes RNLI lifeboat was called to help a yacht in The Solent on Saturday afternoon.

Two men were on board when their jib jammed and their engine failed to start.

The emergency team was already taking part in a routine exercise when it was called to help, just before 1pm.

They towed the yacht to Beaulieu River, before returning to Cowes at 3.15 pm.

Yacht and paddleboarders

Meanwhile Bembridge RNLI was called to help a 38 foot dismated yacht - and two paddleboarders - on Saturday.

Six people were on board the yacht which ran into trouble off St Catherine's during Race The Wight.

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The yacht was taking part in Race The Wight (Image: Bembridge RNLI)

The crew were heading to Southampton and were able to use their own engine, so the lifeboat escorted the boat as far as Bembridge.

Then the RNLI team diverted to help two paddleboaders who were being blown out to sea, just south of St Helens Fort.


Earlier, Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat was called to help a yacht off St Catherine's Point.

At about 9:20am, a 32 foot ketch requested help, seven miles west of the Isle of Wight's most southerly point.

The yacht and its two person crew were towed to Yarmouth Harbour and were met by members of the Needles Coastguard Rescue Team.

Lifeboat coxswain, Howard Lester said: ‘It is important to ensure your boat and equipment is checked carefully before undertaking a long passage at sea.’