A speedboat going around in circles because of a steering problem led to Cowes RNLI lifeboat being called last night (Monday).

The 14ft boat, with two men on board, was reported to be in trouble in Thorness Bay.

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

Eventually the speedboat, with a lifeboat crew member on board, was towed back to Cowes, first from astern of the lifeboat and then alongside.

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.