This in from Ryde Inshore Rescue, in their own words. Ed
Ryde Sands proved they could still catch the sailors of Round The Island Race out on Saturday, when the lifeboat crew of Ryde Rescue 1 and Ryde Rescue 2 attended 22 boats that ran aground just after low water.
Whilst 12 of these vessels were happy to wait for the tide to rise and get themselves back into safe water, ten craft asked for the assistance from the lifeboats patrolling the sands.
Collaboration with Gosport Independent Lifeboat
Patrolling the sands with Ryde Inshore Rescue were Gosport Independent Lifeboat who were tasked to deal with two incidents involving a yacht that had its steering jammed and another that reported an engine fire at the mouth of the river Medina.
Gosport checked that all was OK and isolated the electrics before proceeding in.