PORTSMOUTH’S lifeboats have been launched for the first time in 2014 after a number of reports of a red flare sighting.
The RNLI deployed two lifeboats at 8.32pm yesterday after multiple 999 reports of a sighting over the Langstone Harbour entrance.
Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Norma T searched an area spanning approximately one mile south of the harbour entrance and along the Southsea seafront while the smaller D class lifeboat, Brian’s Pride, searched the moorings and beaches within the harbour.
With a two metre swell and increasing 25knot wind, the Atlantic 85 class lifeboat used multiple line ahead searches to cover the harbour entrance and surrounding area. After more than an hour of searching and each sweep bringing the search closer to the Eastney beach, no distressed vessel could be found.
Once the search areas and initial reports had been fully collated by Solent coastguard the search was stood down with the most likely source calculated as a position inland.