Lifeboat rescues speedboat pair

By Ross Findon

Thursday, February 27, 2014

 

TWO men were rescued by Bembridge RNLI yesterday (Wednesday) after their speedboat overturned.

The lifeboat had been carrying out testing in the Solent when it was called to a report a raft with flashing lights on it, floating near Spitbank Fort.

That turned out to be a false alarm, however shortly afterwards they were called to the aid of two men in the water, near Langstone Harbour. Their five metre speedboat had overturned.

A Bembridge RNLI spokesman said they were on scene within six minutes of the call, at around 3.16pm.

Due to the shallow waters and the size of the waves, the all weather lifeboat launched its dinghy to reach the men.

"They were very cold, but not hypothermic," said the spokesman.

The casualties were taken to Portsmouth RNLI station. The speedboat sank.

Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk

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