Two French crew on their yacht have been escorted safely into Cowes after broadcasting a Mayday when one crew member fell overboard, off the Needles.
Solent Coastguard received the Mayday broadcast from the sailing yacht Bridailly in French.
Officers scrambled the coastguard rescue helicopter from and requested the launch of the Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat. The vessel and crew were located in the Hurst Narrows (Needles) and escorted into Cowes.
Steven Mann at Solent Coastguard said:
"We needed to ask the caller questions so we called on our counterparts in France at MRCC Joburg to help with the language barrier.
We connected our radios to the French phone system to enable our colleagues to communicate directly with the casualty vessel using the needles channel 16 aerial. "
HMRC have released a statement after successfully prosecuting a Dorset yacht broker for VAT fraud. James Williams was sentenced to three years imprisonment for false accounting and cheating the public revenue.
Williams used his position as director of a yacht brokers to commit VAT fraud. He sold boats which had previously been supplied VAT-free for export to the Channel Islands, but failed to account for the VAT on their subsequent sale in the UK. This blatant attack on the tax system not only robbed the Exchequer of public funds, but is also unfair to those businesses that diligently abide by the rules. Tackling VAT fraud is a priority for us and we will not hesitate to pursue those who commit this type of offence.
– John Cooper, HMRC Assistant Director Criminal Investigation