23rd February 2017
Cowes relief lifeboat, John and Louisa Fisher, was launched on service at 14:40 on Thursday 23rd Feb, following a report from the large car carrier, Asian Breeze, that a life-ring had been spotted in the water near West Ryde Middle buoy, drifting south east towards Osborne Bay. The lifeboat was therefore tasked by HM Coast Guard to investigate further.
Storm Doris had yet to abate. The wind was blowing west of North, force 7 gusting 8 in the open Solent to the North and West. but the relatively sheltered Eastern Solent provided slightly calmer waters for a search and the life-ring was rapidly recovered into the lifeboat. Its origins remained unclear, there being no identification markings and it was obvious that it had spent some time in the sea.
Unsurprisingly, given the weather, there were few vessels in the vicinity and they were approached and quickly eliminated as a possible source.
With no further information and no sign of anything untoward, Cowes lifeboat returned to station at 15.15.
Author: Nick Edwards, Acting Press Officer and Deputy Launching Authority
Photo Credit: RNLI/Nick Edwards