RNLI crew scrambled after Land Rover rolls into Langstone Harbour

A HAPLESS vehicle owner arrived as rescue crews inspected their Land Rover after it rolled into Langstone Harbour.

By Ben Fishwick
Saturday, 29th February 2020, 12:47 pm
Updated Saturday, 29th February 2020, 1:15 pm

Crews from Portsmouth RNLI were called to the vehicle at 9.32am on Saturday at Eastney.

The coastguard rescue team deployed two members of the team who discovered the vehicle was empty.

All crews were stood down by the coastguard and the owner will now have to recover the vehicle.

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A Land Rover in Langstone Harbour. Portsmouth RNLI was called to the incident at 9.32am on Saturday, February 29. Picture: Joshua Boland

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On the Facebook page, Portsmouth Lifeboat Station, the crew said: ‘Portsmouth Lifeboat Crew requested to assemble at 9.32am to reports of a Land Rover in the water.

‘Once the crew had assembled at the station, Portsmouth Coastguard Rescue Team had deployed two members of the team to inspect the vehicle.

‘Once established that no one was in the vehicle, Solent Coastguard then stood our crew down.’

A Land Rover in Langstone Harbour. Portsmouth RNLI was called to the incident at 9.32am on Saturday, February 29. Picture: Joshua Boland

The coastguard rescue team posted: ‘Team paged with Hayling CRT to a report of a Land Rover in the water by Eastney outfall. The crew of Portsmouth Lifeboat Station were also stood by to launch if required.

‘Rescue officers located the vehicle and deployed two officers in water rescue PPE to check for occupants and any sign of fuel or oil leaks.

‘As the check was completed the owners arrived on scene and provided further information.

‘With the tide rising and the vehicle confirmed as secure through use of a winch wire rescue assets were stood down from the scene, with the owner planning a recovery later today.’

A Land Rover in Langstone Harbour. Portsmouth RNLI was called to the incident at 9.32am on Saturday, February 29. Picture: Joshua Boland