Author: Tim Woodcock, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Calshot RNLI lifeboats had a busy Saturday morning (25 June) attending to stricken yachts in the Round the Island race – most casualty boats had broken masts or had lost steering. It was, however, an evening call for the inshore lifeboat that proved more serious.
At around 9pm, a small dinghy was spotted in Ashlett Creek near Fawley with three people aboard trying to make their way out of the creek with just a tiny engine and working against a rapidly falling tide. The group became stranded near to a mudbank when the dinghy became entangled in a mooring rope.
They had no possibility of making it back to shore which would have resulted in them being stranded overnight until the next high tide. The inshore lifeboat crew arrived at the very last of the tide and had to wade through deep mud to cut the dinghy free and attach a towrope.
The lifeboat was then used to tow the dinghy and its crew to the safety of the slipway. The trio, who were none the worse for their ordeal, were then given some safety advice by the lifeboat crew.