Cowes Lifeboat Searches Solent for Drifting Speedboat

Lifeboats News Release

Reports of a drifting and smoking 20-foot speedboat carrying four people without lifejackets led to the launching of Cowes RNLI lifeboat last Sunday evening (26 June).

Stock photo of the Cowes RNLI lifeboat 'Sheena Louise'.

RNLI/Nick Edwards

Stock photo of the Cowes RNLI lifeboat 'Sheena Louise'.

Although the boat was apparently somewhere between Cowes and Calshot the lifeboat’s initial search proved fruitless. Passing vessels including a cruise ship were then radioed for help. Finally, one of Red Funnel’s passenger catamarans reported seeing the craft near the entrance to Hamble River.

The lifeboat found the speedboat making three or four knots, with two men and two women on board; two of the people were soaking wet, having previously fallen overboard.

A man and women were taken up to a slipway on the River Itchen where they had a car. Then the lifeboat returned to the speedboat and towed it to a boat-trailer in the River Itchen, where it was met by Hillhead coastguards. Also in attendance was a Southampton harbour board vessel.

Having launched at 8.10 pm the lifeboat returned to station at 10.30 pm.


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