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TWO LIVES FOR ONE TERRIBLE LIFEBOAT DISASTER Heroic Fight with Death I SUDDEN GUST: BOAT TURNS OVER. COXSWAIN'S NARRATIVE. I Details became known this morning of an accident to Ryde (Isle of Wight) lifeboat, which resulted in the death by drowning of two members of the crew. The lifeboat put out at about five o'olook last evening from Ryde Pier to the assist- ance of a boat which had broken away from a barge, and which had a man on board. The lifeboat made a oareful search as far as the Warren Lightship, but without suc- cess, and started to return to Ryde. The wind was blowing hard, and when off Ryde Pier-head a heavy squall struck the lifeboat, which capsized. Her crew of nine men were thrown into the water. The high wind drowned their cries for assistance, but they managed to hang on to the capsized boat, which drifted, with strongly running tide, across Spithead, in the direction of Portsmouth Harbour. When about a quarter of a mile from Southsea Oastle, two of the men- William Howard, of High-street, Byde, :second coxswain of the lifeboat, and Frank Haines, a Ryde coastguardsman, 'Were swept away from the upturned boat, and their bodies were subsequently recovered at Southsea. Held On when Dead. 'J."he survivors, who landed at Southsea, rePorted their terrible experience to the authorities there. They stated that their two unfortunate comrades were really dead on the capsized boat for some time, but tney held them up in hopes of getting them ashore. After the survivors had landed a close watch was kept, and between three and four o'clock this morning the bodies of Heward n.nd Haines were discovered drifting ashore, and were removed to Portsmouth Mortuary, The survivors of the crew, on drifting shore wards at Southsea, were fortunate in having their cries for help heard by the coast guardsmen and the police on duty. They were rescued with some risk and difficulty. Coastguard Louis Richardson put off to their assistance with a life-belt round him, RQd, with help from others, hauled the men ashore. They were in a terribly exhausted condition and after being treated at the police-station, where restoratives were administered, they were removed to hospital, and are now reported to be making good recovery. Coxswain's Narrative William Bartlett, the coxswain, who has beem with the Ryde lifeboats for twelve years, has been able to give a narrative of men's terrible experiences. The lifeboat elina, which was provided by the National lifeboat Institution from a legacy left by ZJady Selina Edwards, had (he says) been on station twelve months, and, though boated on five occasions for praotice, this Was her first life-saving expedition,. We put off," said Bartlett, with a crew nine men, amongst whom was a coast- ^uardsman, who came with us to make up the crew. We went right out to sea between he Noma-ns and the Horses and Forts, and cruised about for a while, and then put back and spoke the Warner Lightship, to ^certain if they had seen anything of the drifting boat. Not seeing the boat ourselves, we beat to the pier, hard into the wind, and were nearly home when a sudden guet caught 1"6, and the iifeboat Turned Right Over between the Bell Buoy and the pier-head. W all clung to the boat as best we could, and clambered on to her bottom. Prom: about eight o'clock to a quarter to two or barter-past two ('I don't know which) We were drifting helplessly in a strong south- West wind, and, finally, we brought up on the east side of Southsea Castle. The onkY vessel we sighted during that time was a big schooner coming in from the oPen sea and bound westward, and though We shouted we were unable to make ourselves heard." ■M* Bartlett, who was terribly exhausted and numbed, was the last to be taken by Richardson from off the upturned boat. The boat was a new one, and replaced the old lifeboat a year ago. There has always be.en difficulty in launching a lifeboat at ltYde, and it is thought the boat sustained BOl11e damage when it was thrown back on to the slip. T'he crew was a smart one, consisting of fisherman well accustomed to local waters. At the launch only eight of the lifeboat cr- were present, and Haines Volunteei,ed to Go. Out I The man in the ship's boat to whose aflOS- toilice the lifeboat went out was afterwards lacked up by the Bembridge Lifeboat to the Eastward of the Isle of Wight. When the lifeboat was laumdhed it was thrown back on the slip and capsized. Finally, however, the men got away. The boat was afterwards washed up on Southsea Beach. The survivors had to be taken to hospital. The iSeliiua is a surf boat, with dropped keel, Itnd liB not a self-righting boat. It is stated that the missing boat for which the Ryde lifeboat was searching had two men I on bcxtrd. I Their shoots were heard by the artillery- taen on one of the Spithead forts, but in the tremendous seas that were raging they were I Unable to render any assistance. The Bembridge lifeboat also put out last I Ilight, and spent ten hours in & fruitless I Bearoh for the boat. A Heartbreaking Incident Anther laxscount states that the crew hung on. -to the upturned keel by means of ii £ e" lines. It was a terrible ordeal that the men Went through, the water was icy cold, and fell dn torrents. A heavy storm was Tagting and seas beat tihem about mercilessly. Just as rescue waa at hand Heward and Haines, unable to hold on tuny longer, let go and were drowned. A pathetic feature of the case is that Hiaines left a dead child. at home. He had just completed his time for pension.

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