Lifeboat in double rescue in Solent

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GOSPORT independent lifeboat rescued a man from the Solent after answering a distress call from a vessel thought to be on fire.

The volunteer lifeboat crew were tasked by the UK Coastguard to assist a 34ft motor cruiser near Cowes.

Working alongside Hamble independent lifeboat, the Gosport crew arrived within 10 minutes, checked the boat over, before moving it ashore.

Four members on-board were checked over and suffered no injuries.

But that wasn’t the end of Gosport lifeboat’s duties – while returning to Stokes Bay a crew member spotted a man in the water in the middle of the Solent.

Gosport lifeboat Coxswain Peter Brown said: ‘He was wearing shorts, a T-shirt and an inflated lifejacket and had only been in the water a matter of minutes, but was already starting to feel cold.

‘His brightly coloured lifejacket made him easy to spot even though we were half a mile away.

‘We recovered him and carried out a medical assessment to ensure he had no other injuries or hadn’t swallowed any sea water. He said he had fallen in while transferring from his rib to a second vessel which couldn’t react quickly enough.’

The incidents happened at midday on Saturday.

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