A LIFEBOAT was called out to deal with a boat which was adrift after suffering an engine break-down in the Solent.

Solent Coastguards asked the Cowes RNLI lifeboat to launch after learning that the rigid inflatable boat (RIB), with five people on board, was drifting on to a beach near the entrance to Beaulieu River last night.

Lifeboat crew member Stuart Higgs waded ashore to investigate, and it was agreed that as the boat was by now so firmly on the shore that rather than wait for the next incoming tide it would be better for the RIB to be taken away on a trailer.