Man-in-water report sparks night-time search
Concern that a man had gone into the River Medina led to Cowes RNLI lifeboat carrying out an intensive night-time search over the weekend.
The lifeboat was launched at 11.40 pm on Friday night in response to concerns that a man had gone into the upper reaches of the river, With the aid of an on-board searchlight, the lifeboat proceeded to painstakingly search from the area of the Folly up to the Riverside Centre at Newport Harbour.
Eventually, after finding nothing, the lifeboat returned to the station at 3.25 am on Saturday.
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.