Crew members used their bilge pump to keep the water level down


urgent message from a 35ft yacht that it had sprung a leak led to Cowes

RNLI lifeboat making an emergency dash across the Solent.

The Mistral radioed Solent Coastguards that it was taking on water through the engine shaft while off Lepe Spit.

The call out occurred just after

midday today. When

the lifeboat arrived on the scene the helm, local boat-builder Patrick

Moreton, went aboard to confirm assurances from the four-strong yacht

crew that the leak was being adequately dealt with by their bilge pump.

The yacht was towed by the lifeboat to the entrance of Hamble

River, where the tow was continued by a Hamble Services RIB into

a Hamble boatyard.

Picture: A file pic of the Solent