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Cowes lifeboat in four-hour River Medina search

Lifeboats News Release

Two night-time searches of the River Medina, totalling around four hours, were made by Cowes RNLI lifeboat last (Friday/Saturday) night after a person was reported to be in the water.

The lifeboat initially launched at 11.25 pm after UK Coastguards relayed a member of the public’s call that a person from a kayak was spotted in the water. It then proceeded to the last reported position, off Newport Rowing Club, to conduct a thorough search of the river using its powerful search lights.

Meanwhile a shore-side search was carried out by mobile coastguards from Ventnor and the Needles.

Eventually, having found nothing, the lifeboat returned to station just after 1 am. Then, at 2.37 am the lifeboat launched again to carry out another painstaking river search of the same area, after Needles coastguards reported finding a lifebuoy and possibly hearing a lifejacket whistle.

But when again nothing was found the lifeboat returned to station just after 4 am.

Annie Simkin was the only member of the four-strong crew to be aboard for both searches. A number of other volunteers, however, were at the station for both shouts, some assisting with the boat launches and recoveries, and maintaining contact with the coastguards and lifeboat.

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