UPDATED: RED FUNNEL FERRY RESCUES PERSONS IN THE WATER OFF CALSHOT

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The crew of the Red Funnel ferry have rescued at least 2 people from the sea at the entrance to Southampton Water this morning (Saturday).

Those on board the car ferry, which was heading to East Cowes after leaving Southampton at 09:00, say that the ferry made an about turn off Calshot Spit when the individuals were sighted in the water.

Red Eagle’s rescue boat was swiftly launched and the crew successfully hauled the 2 people aboard, before recovering them to the car ferry.

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The casualties have since been landed at East Cowes ferry terminal where paramedics from the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service and Coastguard Rescue Officers from Bembridge are currently with the duo.

Moment of rescue – Photo: John Exley

The 10:30 sailing from East Cowes is delayed as a result of the incident.

UPDATE @ 10:55 – 1 casualty is being conveyed to St Mary’s Hospital in Newport for a check up.

The second casualty is returning to the mainland on the delayed 10:30 sailing from East Cowes, which has just departed for Southampton.

It’s understood the duo were kayaking in rough seas when they capsized.

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Emergency services are now standing down.

Photo:John Exley

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Cenwulf

Well done Red Funnel. Hope the casualties are ok

Just Sayin’

Nice to read something cheering at the moment.

Martin (Ryde)

Well done to the RF crew for their excellent work however questions must be asked about the judgement to go out kayaking at this time.

Clare

Irresponsible comes to mind!..

Dave Manning

What a bunch of idiots !!!

pete

HOW ABOUT A LARGE DONATION FROM THE PEOPLE RESCUED TO NHS AND COASTGUARD

richard

So I take it lock down is over? We can all go out and do what we like now? Ace i’ll get the jet skies and banana boat out, see you all down the beach!

Ed Down

yes

Gungadin

Some very sad people and comments to match.

Jim

How many times must people be told to check the forecast before setting out and know their limitations. Someone else has to risk their lives to rescue the fools.

Gungadin

If your a sailor checking the forecast is very important, knowing your craft and personal capabilities is just as important. Weather changes – Craft and a skippers ability do not.

Matt

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Milly

Well done guys! Hope all involved are ok

A K

Hope all those involved are doing well.

Oxo

Well done Red Funnel.
What on earth was these People thinking.

Gizau snith

Worst day in 8 weeks for kayaking…40mph winds at least off Calshot.

John Doe

Well done to Redfunnel and thier crew.
I expect the kayakers have learnt a valuable lesson and have had the fright of thier lives.Glad everyone is ok

Mon

I take it the rescued people must have been Cummings and his wife, as they are they only ones allowed to break the lockdown rules.

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