Cowes Lifeboat Station

Air and Sea Search in Solent for Missing Men

26th June 2017

The jet-ski under tow by the lifeboat.

An incident in which a jet-ski rider and the man water-skiing ended up in the
water sparked a cross-Solent rescue operation this evening.

Involved were Cowes RNLI lifeboat, a Coastguard helicopter, a Southampton
Harbour launch and on-shore Coastguards at Hillhead.
It appeared that the man on the jet-ski, and then the water-skiier, ended up in the
water; But the driver-less jet-ski carried on, only to be finally captured by a
Southampton harbour launch.

Concern that the two men were unaccounted for then led to an air and sea search,
which finally ended when both men managed to safely swim ashore at Hillhead. The
men also got their runaway jet-ski back, when it was towed to the shore by the

Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer

Photo Credit: RNLI Cowes