Kite Surfer Fears Trigger Major Night-Time Search

8th March 2020

An extensive air and sea search of the Solent took place in the dark this evening following concerns that a kite surfer was missing.

The concern was first sparked by the finding of the kite near the entrance of Cowes Harbour and then, later, the recovery from the sea of a surf-board.

But after a thorough search by Cowes and Lymington RNLI lifeboats, plus the Hamble independent lifeboat and the Coastguard helicopter, it was discovered the surfer was in fact safe and well at home.

Cowes lifeboat, which launched just after 8 pm, returned to station about an hour later. It was the first time Ady Stothard had taken command of the lifeboat after recently qualifying as a helm; it was also the first ‘shout’ by new crew member Jack Banks.