RNLI rescue two men stranded in Solent

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TWO sailors were rescued from a Solent fort after they were forced to abandon their speedboat.

The two men – one from Southbourne, West Sussex – had been in the sea on their 14ft power boat when it started to fill with water.

Concerned the boat might sink, the two decided to seek refuge at Horse Sands Fort and call for help.

A Portsmouth RNLI crew were then called out to rescue them on Tuesday.

Aaron Gent, spokesman for RNLI, said: ‘The pair had been powering along the Solent when they started to take water.

‘They called for assistance and a lifeboat was launched. It brought them back to the Hayling ferry port, where they had launched. Both were OK.’

A Solent Coastguard spokesman said it was likely there was a mechanical fault on the boat. The RNLI is advising boat owners to ensure safety checks are carried out before they enter the water.