A major search and rescue operation is taking place in Langstone harbour this evening following a mayday call from ‘kelkeir’, an 14 foot white and black fishing vessel with three persons onboard.
Emergency services were alerted to the mayday call at around 7.30pm this evening following reports that the fishing boat was seen sinking just off the Solent and a number of people were spotted in the water without buoyancy aids.
Langstone Harbour is an inlet of the English Channel in Hampshire, sandwiched between Portsea Island to the south and west, Hayling Island to the south and east, and Langstone to the north.
Aaron Gent, spokesperson from the RNLI, stressed the importance of having knowledge and experience of the area after the boat ran into trouble. Mr Gent went on to explain that they launched a life boat just after 8pm this evening and worked with the police launch and the coastguard rescue helicopter after finding the boat that was in distress to tow it to a sand bank at the edges of Langstone Harbour.
The multi-agency search involving Portsmouth RNLI lifeboat and the Solent coastguard helicopter 104 is still ongoing. It’s believed there was only one lifejacket available on the vessel.
The Coastguard rescue Helicopter from Lee on the Solent and the Portsmouth Coastguard Rescue team was scrambled supported by athe D class Lifeboat from Portsmouth RNLI