Ironically, we went to the aid of some of the crew of the 'British Cormorant' (although there is little 'British' about it!) last month who managed to throw themselves out of the fast rescue craft during launching...
Although the official (MAIB) report is still outstanding, it would seem that the coxswain went full power while the painter on the bow was still attached resulting in the FRC overturning.
They were very lucky as at the time, the Cormorant was anchorered in the deep water anchorage 4mls south of the IOW and after only 10minutes from the time of the Mayday going out, our local Coastguard helicopter had traveled the 25 miles and was on location picking them out of the water......thats impressive!
The 6 crew members had already drifted some 400meters away from the ship.
A big thanks for the service provided by the Lee-on-Solent Coastguard helicopter crews....its much appreciated