A COWES RNLI lifeboat was sent to Thorness Bay this evening (Monday).

The lifeboat was launched at 5.45pm to aid a 12ft speedboat that was reported to be drifting after losing its steering.

Two people were on board, and the lifeboat towed the speedboat back to shore.

Everyone is safe and well.

Updated today (Tuesday) at 10am: 

A spokesperson for Cowes RNLI said: "A speedboat going around in circles because of a steering problem led to Cowes RNLI lifeboat venturing into the Solent this evening (Monday).

"The lifeboat launched just after 6pm, and on arrival at the scene found the small open craft had not only lost its steering but was also filling with water.

"The speedboat, with a lifeboat crew member on board, was towed back to Cowes.

"It was duly delivered to the public slipway adjoining the lifeboat, at around 7.10pm, and was soon lifted onto a trailer and taken away.

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