ONE man was tangled in kite straps and the other was in a kayak. Both were described as 'exhausted', but otherwise unhurt, by ferry firm Red Funnel, which has released more details about its rescue operation in The Solent yesterday (Saturday).

Red Eagle's crew diverted to rescue the two men in trouble off Calshot.

As the Isle of Wight County Press previously reported (HERE), they were brought to shore at East Cowes and handed to an ambulance crew. 

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Image: Bembridge Coastguard

Their equipment was also retrieved from the water.

Chris Sibley, Risk, Safety and Compliance Director at Red Funnel, said: "Red Eagle was involved in a rescue operation during its 0900 Southampton to East Cowes sailing on 23 May 2020).

"Whilst passing through the Thorn Channel near Calshot, Southampton, at 0939 a member of the crew identified a kayak via the lookout, along with another person in the water.

"After alerting Southampton Vessel Traffic Service and the Solent Coast Guard, Red Eagle was manoeuvred into a suitable position and the rescue boat was launched.  
"The two men were recovered at 1000 and brought aboard Red Eagle, along with their equipment, which continued its onward journey to East Cowes.

 “Due to the swift actions of our crew, there was a short delay of 25 minutes to the sailing. It was an incredible team effort by all involved.  
“I am extremely proud of Red Eagle’s team for their quick thinking and efforts in this morning’s rescue operation. We also send our well wishes to the men.”