7th April 2018
Two night-time searches of the River Medina, totalling around four hours, were
made by Cowes RNLI lifeboat last (Friday/Saturday) night after a person was
reported to be in the water.
The lifeboat initially launched at 11.25 pm after UK Coastguards relayed a member of
the public’s call that a person from a kayak was spotted in the water. It then
proceeded to the last reported position, off Newport Rowing Club, to conduct a
thorough search of the river using its powerful search lights. Meanwhile a shore-side search was carried out by mobile coastguards from Ventnor and the Needles.
Eventually, having found nothing, the lifeboat returned to station just after 1 am.
Then, at 2.37 am the lifeboat launched again to carry out another painstaking river
search of the same area, after Needles coastguards reported finding a lifebuoy and
possibly hearing a lifejacket whistle.
But when again nothing was found the lifeboat returned to station just after 4 am.
Annie Simkin was the only member of the four-strong crew to be aboard for both
searches. A number of other volunteers, however, were at the station for both shouts,
some assisting with the boat launches and recoveries, and maintaining contact with
the coastguards and lifeboat.