Search sparked after report of 'empty dinghy' in Solent

A SEARCH was sparked after reports of an ‘empty dinghy’ in the Solent.

Cowes RNLI carried out a thorough search after a cross-Solent ferry reported spotting the boat on Thursday evening.

The dinghy, said to be about four metres long, was reported to have been seen off Fishbourne by Wightlink’s Victoria of Wight.

Having launched about 5 pm, the lifeboat painstakingly searched an extensive area of the Solent plus Wootton Creek for nearly an hour.

A RNLI lifeboat

Nothing was found, however, and with the light fading the lifeboat returned to station.

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