On Sunday the 30th January, the Sandown & Shanklin Inshore Lifeboat was tasked out by Solent Coastguard after reports of a Catamaran with no one on board making its way to France from Shanklin
Rescue crews where called out at 09.30 to recover the catamaran after becoming a shipping hazard. The Owner was brining the vessel into shore when a wave hit it and threw him off in the shallows of the shoreline, it spun the catamaran around and made its own way back out to sea under its own sail.
A spokesperson for Sandown and Shanklin Independent lifeboat said: “We could see the catamaran from our station and went after it, we found it 3.5 miles from where it left the shore and had to capture it at speed.”
“We dropped its sail and put it on to a tow line, we took it back to our station where the lucky owner was very happy to see it again”