10 January 2014
A thorough search in pitch darkness was carried out by Cowes RNLI lifeboat in the early hours of this (Friday) morning after a report that someone could be in difficulties in the sea off East Cowes.
A resident living near the breakwater told Solent coastguards they had heard noises and possibly also saw a light, suggesting someone could be in trouble on the water. The lifeboat was launched just before 4 am, with Patrick Moreton in charge.
Neil Archer drove the boat while Alisdair Boden and Will King handled the starboard and port searchlights. Meanwhile the Bembridge-based mobile coastguards and police officers searched the shore.
After an hour of fruitless searching lifeboat eventually returned to station. It was then concluded that the noise had emanated, not from the water, by from someone on the shore.
Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer (LPO).