UPDATED: Ryde Inshore Rescue have launched their Ryde Rescue 1 lifeboat to a yacht in difficulty on Ryde Sands this afternoon (Monday).
Solent Coastguard requested the volunteer organisation to go to the aid of the vessel, thought to be around 30ft in length, at just before 16:15.
The casualty vessel has run aground on an outer bank and is now listing heavily to the port side.
The crew of Ryde Rescue 1 are working to safely transfer the occupants of the yacht onto the lifeboat. Meanwhile Ryde Rescue’s launch vehicle is close by having used a sandbank to reach the scene.
No one is thought to have been injured.
UPDATE – With all crew safe and the boat stuck fast, the decision has been taken to leave the 2 occupants on board the boat. Ryde Rescue’s crew have laid out the yacht’s anchor and are expected to return later on tonight to check up on the duo.