Cowes RNLI lifeboat is responding to reports of an overturned boat adrift near Fishbourne this evening (Thursday).
Solent Coastguard requested the launch of the Atlantic-class inshore lifeboat at around 16:40.
Wightlink’s Victoria of Wight raised the alarm during a cross-Solent journey between Fishbourne and Portsmouth.
The volunteer crew of Cowes Lifeboat are currently conducting a search near the mouth of Wootton Creek.
UPDATE – Cowes RNLI has been stood down from the search having failed to locate the boat.
Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team are now conducting a shoreline search for the 4m vessel.
UPDATE – Coastguard officers have conducted a search between Wightlink’s Fishbourne terminal and Quarr Abbey, but nothing untoward has been found.
The search has been called off.
No persons are thought to have been on the boat when it was sighted.