Three men recovered from Solent after dinghy turns over

Three anglers from Hythe, near Southampton, were rescued after their

dinghy capsized in the Solent Friday night. All three were wearing

survival suits and told their rescuers they had been in the water for

about 40 minutes.

At approximately midnight a red flare was

spotted from the Lymington River. The Isle of Wight Needles Coastguard

Rescue Team were turned out and a pan pan or urgency message was

broadcast alerting other sea users to the flare.

Shortly

afterwards, the Coastguard received a report of three men being picked

out of the water by the crew of the yacht ‘Mange Tout’ midway between

Lymington and Yarmouth.

The three men reported that they had set

out in a 14ft boat from Hythe but had turned over off Bouldner Bay as

they were attempting to free a fouled anchor.

They fired two flares which had alerted passing vessels and been seen ashore.

The three survivors were met by an ambulance crew and the Needles Coastguard Team. None required hospitalization.

Alerts

were then made overnight by the Coastguard to passing shipping to be

aware of the floating 14 foot cuddy and late Saturday afternoon the

upturned craft was located about 4 to 5 miles from the point of

Friday’s incident.

David Williams, Watch Manager at Solent

Coastguard said “Undoubtedly these flares saved their lives. To be

adrift mid-Solent at midnight on a dark night albeit in a survival suit

is not the best place to be. They also lost all their personal

belongings when the craft turned over. Fortunately the crew of the

‘Mange Tout’ saw their flare and we’re grateful to the other offers of

help that came in after we broadcast the alert.”

The vessel upturned vessel has now been recovered to the shoreline by the Isle of Wight’s Freshwater Inshore Rescue boat.