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UPDATED: 3 men have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences following this morning’s boat crash in Cowes, which prompted a large scale search and rescue operation.

A 39-year-old man from Waterlooville has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled Class-B drug and being concerned in the supply of drugs. A 34-year-old man from Southsea and a 39-year-old man from Petersfield have also been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of drugs.

As first reported by Island Echo during the early hours of this morning (Sunday), emergency services rushed to The Parade in Cowes following multiple 999 calls. Coastguard teams on the ground and in the air joined Police in their search for a person feared missing, however he was later found and the search was called off.

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Earlier today it was confirmed that the 20ft fishing boat ‘Loose Canon’, with 4 men aboard, was involved in a violent collision with an obstruction – thought to be the breakwater – in Cowes Harbour. The vessel made it to Trinity Landing.

According to the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, 3 men were taken to hospital but 2 have since been discharged. The third may need to be transferred to a mainland hospital due to chest injuries.

UPDATE MONDAY @ 09:45 – Police have bailed the 39-year-old man from Waterlooville who was arrested on suspicion of both possessing and supplying Class B drugs. He is due to return to Newport Police Station on 5th May.

Meanwhile no further action is to be taken against the 34-year-old man from Southsea and the 39-year-old man from Petersfield. They have been released from Police custody.

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