Cowes lifeboat responds to ‘men in difficulties’ alarm
Cowes RNLi lifeboat dashed across the Solent this evening, following reports that three young men appeared to be in difficulties off the Lepe shore.
When the lifeboat arrived in the area of Lepe Spit Cardinal Buoy they found three men in their early twenties swimming in the fading light towards the shore with a kayak and a small inflatable dinghy.
It appeared that the alarm was raised when they were spotted clinging to the Lepe Spit buoy.
After ensuring the men safely reached the shore the lifeboat returned to station.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.