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Beached catamaran causes a stir at East Cowes

A couple who decided to sail across the Solent for lunch were surprised to discover the boat they left on the beach at East Cowes had become the centre of attention from rescue services.

The couple had left the 18 foot catamaran they had sailed on the beach, to go for a meal in the town.

18ft catamaran beached at East Cowes Credit: RNLI

But someone seeing the craft decided to make a precautionary call to Solent Coastguards. As a result Cowes RNLI lifeboat, a Cowes Harbour launch and a Coastguard vehicle all converged on the scene.

But as an on the spot investigation was underway along came the couple, somewhat taken aback by all the attention. They then began their sail back to where they came from: Stokes Bay, Gosport.

The lifeboat was launched at 1.05 pm and returned to station about 25 minutes later.

Boat that was on fire now sunk in Isle of Wight marina

The boat that was on fire yesterday Credit: Bright Wight Images

A boat that was on fire yesterday on the Isle of Wight has now sunk.

Officers were called to East Cowes Marina shortly after 1pm following reports of smoke billowing from a motor cruiser moored up near to The Lifeboat pub.

Divers are now in the process of trying to contain the diesel in the boat from leaking out into the waters of the marina.

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£5m boat on fire

Firefighters are tackling a large boat fire on the Isle of Wight.

Officers were called to East Cowes Marina shortly after 1pm following reports of smoke billowing from a motor cruiser moored up near to The Lifeboat pub.

Firefighters tackle large boat fire Credit: Bright Wight images

Two appliances from Newport and one from East Cowes Fire Station were initially sent to the scene, but a further two appliances from Ryde have been deployed to the scene to assist colleagues.

Flames engulf large cruiser Credit: Bright Wight Images

Thick, black smoke is billowing across East Cowes as flames engulf the luxury vessel, believed to be worth up to £5 million.

Residents in the area have been advised to keep windows and doors shut.

Firefighters tackle large boat fire Credit: Bright Wight Images

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