A fire aboard a small fishing boat, carrying two men and a 13-year-old boy, led to an urgent call-out for Cowes RNLI lifeboat this morning (Sunday, August 20).

The outboard had caught fire when the 18-foot craft was over Gurnard Ledge.

Cowes lifeboat, which launched at 9.35am, arrived to find that although the fire had been put out by the crew the boat needed to be towed.

The vessel was taken to Trinity Landing, where fire crews went aboard to ensure all was safe. Also on the scene were Needles Coastguards.

The fishing boat, which had set out from Langston Harbour near Hayling Island early this morning, was towed up the River Medina by a Cowes Harbour launch.

The lifeboat returned to station at 10.40 am.