I needn't have rushed to get Seatern back from Swallow Yachts! There has been a trailing weather front over the country all week with gales and occasional torrential rain storms. The photo was taken on the Wednesday when I was supposed to be taking some friends sailing. I'd actually cancelled due to the wind strength, it was a good decsiion!
Someone reported a person in the water near Cobden bridge... we had the Coastguard helicopter, the two RNLI lifeboats from Calshot, the Harbour Master, and a Police Rib all searching the local part of the Itchen.
Nothing was found; either it was a hoax or, more probably, a youth swimming off Riverside Park. Seemed amazing that the RNLI came from Calshot given all the local boats on the river.