UPDATED: LIFEBOAT LAUNCHES TO OVERTURNED BOAT ADRIFT NEAR FISHBOURNE

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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.

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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.

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No persons are thought to have been on the boat when it was sighted.

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Steve
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Why did the ferry not stop and wait for the lifeboat to arrive instead of carrying on its merry way and please don’t say they have a timetable to run to as they cancel lots of ferries a year for technical issues ie lack of staff

Clare
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Did the wight Link ferry establish if the boat was an inflatable Craft or something else? According to reports I’ve read there are over a hundred illegal migrants crossing the channel a day.

Little has been reported on the mainstream media, so surprise there then…

Dawn Hodge
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Bembridge Inshore Lifeboat recovered a dinghy off of Appley this morning – it may have been the same thing? No occupants – looked as if it had just broken its tether.

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