Cowes Lifeboat responds to report of empty dinghy

A report from a cross-Solent ferry that an empty dinghy had been spotted in the Solent sparked a thorough search by Cowes RNLI lifeboat this evening.

The dinghy, said to be about four metres long, was reported to have been seen off Fishbourne by Wightlink’s Victoria of Wight. Having launched about 5pm, the lifeboat painstakingly searched an extensive area of the Solent plus Wootton Creek for nearly an hour.

Nothing was found, however, and with the light fading the lifeboat returned to station.