Emergency services have been scrambled this evening after reports of two people are in the water clinging on to an upturned boat in Busy shipping of Portsmouth Harbour.
The Independent Gosport and Fareham and Inshore Rescue lifeboat has been launched along with the Portsmouth and Hillhead Coastguard Rescue teams.
Gosport lifeboat launched and was in search area in within ten minutes after a report from a third party who contacted the UK Coastguard operations centre advising that the pair where in difficulty and had been for past couple of hours after being caught out by tide and mud. It is belived at one point the pair tried to crawl on their bellies to get back to land after playing on a surfboard.
After extensive search, was carried out by the lifeboat crew using FLAIR Camera and a land search conducted by coastguard rescue teams. After a two hour search the rescue teams where stood down as the people involved had made t it back to the shore safely.