Man adrift in child's dinghy in Solent prompts rescue

Thorness beach dinghy rescue The man was rescued by a police rib boat and given safety advice by coastguards

A man who was adrift in a child's inflatable dinghy sparked a major rescue operation off the Isle of Wight.

The 25-year-old man was spotted in the Solent by members of the public from Thorness beach, west of Cowes, just after 19:15 BST on Tuesday.

Cowes RNLI, Hampshire Police and an auxiliary coastguard crew were involved in the rescue.

The RNLI said the man had been adrift near the busy shipping route for more than an hour.

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