Moon’s influence was undoing of yacht sailing in the Beaulieu River

rnli lifeboat

The yacht, with five people aboard, had gone hard aground at the entrance of Beaulieu River when, thanks the gravitational pull of the moon, there was an exceptionally low tide.

Wednesday, 20th February, 2019 8:42am

By George Chastney with 2 readers' comments

High Sheriff presents Lifeboat Awards at Cowes RNLI Station

Volunteers receiving Lifeboat awards at Cowes RNLI

Isle of Wight High Sheriff, Gioia Minghella-Giddens presented awards celebrating the commitment of volunteers at the Cowes RNLI Station last weekend.

Monday, 11th February, 2019 12:26pm

By George Chastney

Lifeboats descend on Cowes for annual get together

Lifeboat Get together 2019

As well as the Bembridge and Cowes lifeboats, the marina line-up included craft from Hayling Island, Portsmouth, Calshot, Lymington, Gosport and Ryde and members of the Freshwater and Sandown stations arrived by road.

Sunday, 20th January, 2019 11:08am

By George Chastney

Local craftsmen commissioned to commemorate two local community champions

Taylor's Table

The table and cover were both made locally to commemorate the lives of two Cowes men who contributed a great deal to the community.

Monday, 26th November, 2018 8:02am

By George Chastney

Damaged yacht towed back to shore by Cowes RNLI


After the yacht became entangled in a marker buoy, and because of strong west-going tide, Cowes RNLI was tasked with towing the yacht back to shore.

Sunday, 28th October, 2018 8:06am

By George Chastney

Isle of Wight RNLI Inshore Lifeboat Centre providing a vital service nationally

The RNLI Inshore Lifeboat Centre (ILC) in Cowes.

A whopping 50 inshore lifeboats are built at the Inshore Lifeboat Centre in East Cowes every year by the team of 70 highly skilled people. Make a trip to the new Visitor and Heritage Centre to find out more.

Monday, 22nd October, 2018 2:49pm

By George Chastney

Heartfelt ‘Thank You’ visit for Cowes Lifeboat Station

Image: L-R Myles Hussey, Anne-Marie Cameron-Wallace, Mark Harker, Jack Cameron-Wallace, and Mark Crook – with Piers Tyler kneeling

Assistant Harbour Master at Newtown says he owes his life to all those who quickly and expertly came to his aid.

Tuesday, 9th October, 2018 3:02pm

By George Chastney

RNLI rescue after shipping lane break down

Lifeboat and Aurora 19Aug18

The speedboat lost power in a Solent shipping lane, being used by several cruise liners outward bound on Sundays from Southampton.

Monday, 20th August, 2018 7:19am

By George Chastney

Busy time for Cowes RNLI during sailing regatta

cowes rnli

As you might expected during the week there are 8,500 sailors on the Solent waters, it was all go for the Cowes RNLI yesterday.

Thursday, 9th August, 2018 8:11am

By George Chastney with one comment

Friend’s of St Mary’s donate helpful device to eye department

Eye Dept 13 June 18

The tonometer has been purchased for the department by the Friends of St Mary’s Hospital.

Monday, 30th July, 2018 2:10pm

By George Chastney

Cowes RNLI join Solent rescue after 41ft yacht mast crashes down

Dismasted Amalie

Cowes RNLI joined forces with the crew of the Gosport lifeboat to carry out an urgent rescue of a 41ft yacht after the mast crashed down mid-Solent.

Tuesday, 17th July, 2018 7:58am

By George Chastney with one comment

Double celebration for Cowes Lifeboat Service

RNLI Anniversary 1 July 18

An event marking the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Cowes independent lifeboat service and the 10th anniversary of the replacement RNLI operation took place last weekend.

Tuesday, 3rd July, 2018 11:08am

By George Chastney