Bembridge Coastguard Rescue and Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue joined forces with Isle of Wight ferry firm Wightlink yesterday (Monday), to rescue two paddleboarders.

The pair were spotted in difficulty at Wootton Creek, at around 12:30pm.

The man and woman, who were cold and wet, were taken by lifeboat to the Wightlink ferry terminal at Fishbourne, where they were met by HM Coastguard’s Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team.

Wightlink's port operator Reigan Glover-Kewell was on hand to help when the paddleboarders were landed at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club pontoon.  

Reigan said: "We brought them back to the crew mess in the terminal building, turned the heating on and helped them warm up, until their friends arrived.”

Wightlink Chief Executive Keith Greenfield says: “I’m pleased we were able to help when the paddleboarders got into difficulty, close to our Fishbourne port.

"Conditions can change quickly at sea, it was good they managed to attract attention when they got into difficulty and the lifeboat wasn’t far away."

The coastguard rescue team thanked the ferry operator for its help and said the lifeboat crew had been "in the right place at the right time."