Early morning mud-trap drama in River Medina

Ventnor coastguard and Cowes RNLI crew went to the rescue of three people stuck in the mud in the early hours of the morning.

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Three people who became stuck in the mud in the River Medina during the early hours of this morning sparked a rescue operation involving Ventnor coastguards and Cowes RNLI lifeboat.

One of the three had earlier arrived in the area of Island Harbour from Portsmouth at the helm of the 10-metre motor-cruiser Pipin to pick up his son, thought to have attended the Island’s Music Festival at nearby Seaclose.

Before the father could do so, however, the boat ran aground and when he attempted to reach the shore in the boat’s tender that too ran aground, and an oar was lost.

Stuck in the mud
As he struggled to reach the shore on foot he became stuck fast in the cloying mud. The same fate also befell the son and another yachtsman who went to his aid.

Eventually all three were brought ashore by Ventnor coastguards, and the father was taken by ambulance to hospital suffering from cold. The lifeboat managed to re-float the motor-cruiser and tow it to a pontoon off Island Harbour. The tender was also recovered.

The lifeboat, which was launched just after 1am, was away from its station for some two hours.

Article by George on behalf of Cowes RNLI. Ed

Image: © With kind permission of Nick Edwards

Friday, 22nd June, 2018 2:57pm


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Yet again, volunteers put at risk and to considerable inconvenience and lots of cost by the sheer ignorance of people with more money than sense.
Had this idiot not heard of tidetables and charts? Perhaps he believes that the water rescue services are funded by government, which they are not. One hopes that a substantial donation is on its way.


Didn’t time it well on the tide!


I may be wrong (in which case i’m sure someone will tell me) but don’t you get charged for a ambulance attending to a traffic accident?
does the same apply to boats, and if not why not
come on elected representatives, fewer jollies to london and a bit more time on local issues please.