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Cowes RNLI lifeboat launched to reports of an automatic Mayday alert being transmitted near Osborne Bay this morning (Sunday).

Solent Coastguard requested volunteers to respond at around 09:20 after a DSC alert – a type of Mayday alert issued through a vessel’s radio – was picked up in the vicinity of East Cowes.

The lifeboat quickly identified the vessel at the centre of the alert and the crew were able to confirm that a faulty radio led to the emergency response.

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Just as the lifeboat was returning to Cowes, a second DSC alert was picked up in the area – near the entrance to Southampton Water. Once again the potentially critical situation was confirmed to be a false alarm due to another faulty radio.

With all souls safe and sound, the Atlantic 85 class lifeboat was stood down and was re-housed back at the home station.

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