Concerns for the safety of 8 men and women aboard 4 small craft being used dangerously on the water led to Cowes RNLI lifeboat being launched earlier this evening (Thursday).
The individuals had crossed the Solent from the Calshot area this afternoon and some of the group visited Town Quay pontoon in Cowes at around 16:00.
The 4 craft made for the area of Osborne Bay but by then had already sparked the concern of other boat users in the area, which led to an emergency call to HM Coastguard. It was thought that some of the group had been drinking.
Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team were mobilised to Cowes to assist the Harbour Master after it was reported that the pleasure craft were being used dangerously within the harbour limits.
Cowes RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was launched at just gone 18:10 and provided an escort for the 4 craft back across the Solent but not before strong words of advice were given by Coastguard Rescue Officers.