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coweslifeboatA thorough search in pitch darkness was carried out by Cowes RNLI lifeboat in the early hours of this morning (Friday) after a report that someone  could be in difficulties in the sea off East Cowes.

A resident living near the breakwater informed HM Coastguard they had heard noises and possibly also saw a light, suggesting someone could be in trouble on the water. The Cowes RNLI lifeboat was launched just before 04:00 after being tasked by Solent Coastguard, with Patrick Moreton in charge.

hmcoastguardvehiclestocksolentventnorNeil Archer drove the boat while Alisdair Boden and Will King handled the starboard and port searchlights. Meanwhile, Bembridge Coastguard Rescue and officers from Hampshire Constabulary searched the shore.

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After an hour of fruitless searching, Cowes lifeboat eventually returned to station. It was then concluded that the noise had emanated, not from the water, but from someone on the shore.

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