The crew of Cowes RNLI lifeboat helped tow a small sailing vessel to safety on Tuesday night.

They had been on a training exercise when they were asked to help out.

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After running into difficulty in Stokes Bay, the boat was brought back across The Solent by the crew of Gosport's independent lifeboat.

The Cowes crew relieved their mainland colleagues, transferred a member of their team to the vessel, and brought it to safety at Trinity Landing.