The Needles Coastguard Rescue Team are on scene and are conducting a search along the cliff between the 2 villages. It follows a call to Solent Coastguard by a member of the public reporting a cliff fall in the area at just before 14:30.
Police are also in attendance on the ground and with the National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter overhead.
UPDATE @ 15:52 – The NPAS helicopter from Bournemouth has used thermal imaging technology to confirm that no persons have been caught up in the cliff fall. The helicopter has been monitoring the situation from above but has now been stood down.
Coastguard officers are continuing to assess the situation in the area. It is thought some smaller falls have also taken place further along the coast.
Police have now stood down from the incident.
UPDATE @ 17:15 – It has been confirmed that the Coastguard received a 999 call from a member of the public at around 14:15 reporting that their dog had found an item of old clothing near a rock fall.
The Needles Coastguard Rescue Team remain on scene awaiting the arrival of The National Trust.
Duncan Ley, Duty Controller for UK Coastguard has said:
“We have had reports from the Coastguard Rescue Team on scene that it doesn’t appear that anyone has been caught in the fall and there was also no one seen to be under the cliff at the time. That said, we will continue the search until we are satisfied, along with the other emergency services involved, that no-one is at risk.
“We have the National Trust arriving on scene soon and our teams will liaise with them when they arrive.
“We are advising beach goers to keep away from the scene and we are currently cordoning off the area in the interests of public safety. I cannot stress enough that this rock fall clearly shows how unstable cliff edges can be, so please keep your distance from cliff edges, at both the top and the bottom of the cliffs, at all times”.