Cowes Lifeboat Station

‘Missing’ Father and Son Sparks Extensive Solent Search

22th April 2017

Cowes RNLI lifeboat was involved in a full-scale night-time search following a report that a man and his young son were reported unaccounted while on a shore-side fishing expedition.

It was understood that a 29-year-old man and his son aged six had been expected home by the boy’s mother yesterday (Saturday) afternoon. But when neither turned up by late evening she notified HM Coastguard, disclosing that the father’s favourite shoreline for fishing was Gurnard.

Cowes lifeboat launched at 11.15 pm and proceeded to use its powerful search-light to painstakingly search the sea from Cowes to near Yarmouth, speaking to any fisherman they found on the way.

Also involved in the sea operation was the Coastguard’s Lee on Solent helicopter, while the shore was searched by police officers and coastguards from Newport and the Needles.

Following new information received In the early hours of the morning, however, the man and boy were located, safe and well back-of- the-Island, at St Catherine’s.

Apparently, the father’s mobile phone could not work in the location, and when they were discovered the boy was fast asleep in his van.

The lifeboat returned to station just before 1 pm.

Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer