Cross Solent visitors get lifeboat escort

Lifeboats News Release

Concern for the safety of eight men and women aboard four small powered craft, or tenders, led to Cowes RNLI lifeboat being launched this (Thurs) evening.

The eight people had crossed the Solent from the Calshot area. After some, at least, called at Town Quay pontoon around 4 pm, everyone eventually made for the area of Osborne Bay.

Concerns by other boat users about the group, however, led to an emergency call to HM Coastguards.

After launching at 6.10 pm the lifeboat proceeded to escort the four craft and their crew back across the Solent. The lifeboat returned to station just over an hour later.

With Cowes lifeboat in the foreground, some of the small boats are pictured crossing back to the mainland, passing a RedFunnel car ferry on the way.

RNLI/boat crew

Some of the small craft being escorted back across the Solent

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