Helicopter searches sea

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RESCUE services were launched after a distress call was received.

The crew at Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service were paged at 9pm on Saturday after the UK coastguard service received a call from an unknown boat off the coast of Lee-on-the-Solent.

Both lifeboat and rescue helicopter searched the Solent using thermal imaging cameras but nothing was found.

The search ended at 10.30pm.