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Air and sea search in Solent for missing men

Lifeboats News Release

An incident in which a jet-ski rider and a man water-skiing behind ended up in the water sparked a cross-Solent rescue operation this evening.

A jet-ski involved in an incident in which the rider and his waterskier ended up in the Solent is being towed to Hillhead by Cowes lifeboat.

RNLI/George Chastney

The runaway jet-ski is under tow by the lifeboat.

Involved were Cowes RNLI lifeboat, a Coastguard helicopter, a Southampton Harbour launch and on-shore Coastguards at Hillhead.

It appeared that the man on the jet-ski, and then the water-skiier, ended up in the water; But the driver-less jet-ski carried on, only to be finally captured by a Southampton harbour launch.

Concern that the two men were unaccounted for then led to an air and sea search, which finally ended when both men managed to safely swim ashore at Hillhead. The men also got their runaway jet-ski back, when it was towed to the shore by the lifeboat.

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