There was double trouble on the Solent this afternoon (Friday) which resulted in the assistance of Cowes RNLI being called upon by Solent Coastguard.

The first shout came in at just after 15:00 following the discovery of a small dinghy to the East of Cowes with sails on board but no sign of any occupant.

Whilst Solent Coastguard contacted local sailing clubs, the lifeboat commenced a search pattern from the point at which the dinghy was first seen.

The first informant boat (Wet Wheels) took the dinghy to safety in Cowes by which time the Coastguard were able to confirm the dinghy had come from Fishbourne Creek and its crew were safely ashore.

Being about the smallest sailing boat possible – an Optimist- the lifeboat crew brought it on board and motored gently towards Fishbourne to hand it over to its owners.

It wasn’t along before a second tasking came in for the volunteer lifeboat crew. Cowes Lifeboat was further tasked to a motorboat with engine failure in a similar area. Cowes RNLI set up a tow and took the casualty up the River Medina to a safe berth at the Folly.

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