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RESCUE TEAMS SCRAMBLED TO YACHT ‘SINKING’ WITH 15 PEOPLE ON BOARD

Ryde Inshore Rescue, Cowes RNLI and Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 175 were all scrambled to reports of a yacht sinking off the north coast of the Isle of Wight earlier this morning (Wednesday).

Solent Coastguard received a Mayday alert shortly before 11:00 that suggested a 20 metre yacht with 15 persons on board was sinking around 2 miles north of Fishbourne, in the general area of Osborne Bay.

Fearing multiple causalities in the water, the Lee-on-Solent helicopter was scrambled to the scene alongside 2 Isle of Wight lifeboats.

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Thankfully, it was quickly established that the incident was a false alert and rescue teams were swiftly stood down.

It has been confirmed that the vessel in question was conducting a training exercise.


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