A YACHT with a broken rudder was rescued by lifeboat crews this week.

Crews from Cowes RNLI Lifeboat assisted a racing yacht off the Beaulieu River on Wednesday, August 3.

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The lifeboat was called after the yacht got into difficulty in the water due to the broken rudder.

The vessel was towed to Cowes by the lifeboat crew - who marked 700 calls since becoming an RNLI station in July 2008 with this incident.

The lifeboat has helped 873 people since its inception in 2008.

In this year alone, the service has received 38 calls and crews have helped a 61 people. 

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