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A major search and rescue operation is continuing off the coast of the Isle of Wight this morning (Wednesday) in a bid to locate a missing jet skier.

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).

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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.

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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/.

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Hopefully all will turn out ok and the owner is found alive and well. Just a thought that if a mobile phone was found and working can’t they trace the owners number and any contact numbers to start off with? Also the number 201 Langstone Harbour. Wishing for a happy outcome.

Morgan Mccarty

You should be able to, click the off button 5 times and get a medical ID “in theory”

Martin Shoebridge

That would have been done straight away….. They probably already know the identity of the rider soon after they found the phone. What I can’t figure out is how a phone was left on the Jet Ski?


If the person had fallen off he would not of collected his phone which would of been in the safe compartment of ski . Its a water tight compartment for personal belongings .

David ford

Let’s hope he was picked up as is safe


He could have
He should have
He Could OF
He Should OF

Sheila Ferguson

I think this subject is too serious for grammatical pedantry Mr Gibby. Or Ms. Xxx


I assume the picture is a stock image because it clearly shows the Data Tag number which uniquely identifies the ski and the owner and their home address. A Data Tag number is an insurance requirement (I know insurance isn’t required legally, but most harbours and authorities require it) so there should be a data tag number to use to trace the owner.


If a celebrity was missing they’d keep looking for them so this is so frustrating. It is so heartbreaking because his family are still out looking for him when everyone else has stopped. I’m sure everyone can relate , if this was your family member you’d keep looking!!

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