Personal Belongings Spark Major Solent Search

31st January 2021

Cowes RNLI lifeboat was part of an extensive search in darkness, lasting many hours, of a man whose personal belongings were found on the beach at Browndown, near Gosport on Saturday.

After the police requested the search, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency triggered a call-out of the RNLI lifeboats at Cowes and Calshot, the independent lifeboat at Gosport and the Lee on Solent based coastguard helicopter. In addition, the Hampshire shore was searched by coastguard teams from Portsmouth and Hillhead.

Cowes lifeboat was launched twice, first at 7.30 pm and again, with a fresh crew, two hours later.

But nothing was found by any of the searchers.

Then on Sunday Cowes lifeboat was tasked to attend an *incident in the harbour, launching at around 5 pm and returning to station about an hour later.

*Please refer to Hampshire Police for details of this incident.