A man has been pulled from the Solent off Cowes after falling over board this afternoon (Thursday).

Fortunately, the red and yellow life-jacket he was wearing was spotted by a cross-Solent Red Jet catamaran, resulting in UK Coastguards asking Cowes lifeboat to launch to his rescue.

Before the crew arrived on the scene though, the man had been plucked to safety by the Southampton Harbour launch, Pathfinder.

Cowes Lifeboat with the RIB

The lifeboat managed to track down the empty RIB, which was no longer under power thanks to the engine having cut-out because of a kill-cord.

The Pathfinder took the man to Trinity Landing, Cowes, where other lifeboat members waited, together with onshore Coastguards, in case additional assistance was required.

Within minutes an ambulance arrived to take the man to St Mary’s Hospital, Newport as a precaution.