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.
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.
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.
Emergency services are now standing down.