As previously reported by Island Echo, HM Coastguard are appealing for information after a white and burgundy jet ski was found drifting in the Solent yesterday evening.
Alarmingly, the kill cord was missing but a mobile phone was found on board, indicating that someone had been on the personal watercraft (PWC).
Lifeboats from Bembridge RNLI and Yarmouth RNLI have been out all night searching up and down the Eastern and Western Solent in the hopes of locating the missing individual.
Coastguard Rescue 22 – a spotter plane rarely seen in this area – is flying up and down the length of the Solent having taken over from Coastguard Rescue 175 helicopter from Lee-on-Solent overnight.
Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team and Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team are conducting a shoreline search.
Last night, other mainland-based lifeboats and Coastguard Rescue Teams were involved in the search including Gosport Independent Lifeboat, Hillhead CRT and Calshot RNLI.
The jet ski, which was found around a mile south of Lee-on-Solent and has now been recovered, is marked with ‘201 Langstone Harbour’.
UPDATE @ 09:26 – Bembridge Lifeboat, Yarmouth Lifeboat and Coastguard Rescue 22 have now stood down from the search. However, Cowes RNLI’s inshore lifeboat and Ryde Rescue’s Rescue 2 lifeboat have both been launched.
Ryde Rescue have also utilised their tractor unit to cover the length of Ryde Sands at low tide.
UPDATE @ 11:34 – HM Coastguard is continuing to appeal for information about the owner of the white and burgundy jetski.
The coastguard would particularly like to hear from anyone who saw a single jet ski on the water with 1 person onboard between around 18:00 and 20:00 yesterday (August 4), specifically in the vicinity of Cowes, Ryde Middle, Lee-on-the-Solent or Stokes Bay. The jet skier is believed to have been wearing a camouflage jacket.
Gosport independent lifeboat, Ryde Inshore Rescue, Cowes RNLI lifeboat, Coastguard Rescue 175 helicopter, the Hillhead, Ventnor and Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Teams and Calshot RNLI Lifeboat are still searching the scene.
Anyone with information should contact Solent Coastguard on 02392 552 100 quoting incident number 022681.
Anyone who spots something concerning, such as a life jacket, clothing or personal items, should dial 999 immediately and ask for the Coastguard.
UPDATE @ 17:40 – The search has been officially suspended, pending further information. Read more on this update at https://www.islandecho.co.uk/solent-search-for-missing-jet-skier-suspended/.