The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air ambulance has been scrambled to an incident at Yaverland beach in Sandown this afternoon (Sunday).
Emergency services are attending to an unwell individual on the crowded beach, around half way between the car park and Red Cliff.
Witnesses say a woman has suffered a suspected cardiac arrest.
2 ambulances crews and an operational commander from the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service are in attendance alongside Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team, Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team and Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat.
The air ambulance has landed on the beach with flying doctors and paramedics joining local crews in the effort to save the life of the patient.
Coastguard officers have cleared an area of the beach to facilitate the landing.
UPDATE @ 17:10 – The air ambulance – Helimed 56 – has relocated to the cliff tops whilst crews continue to work on the patient.
Meanwhile, Coastguard Rescue 175 from Lee-on-Solent has touched down on the beach to assist with the ongoing operation.
UPDATE @ 17:27 – Rescue 175 and the HIOW Air Ambulance have both lifted off from Yaverland, with the incident now drawing to a close.
HM Coastguard has said in a statement:
”We had a call just before 4pm reporting a woman in the water.
“Bembridge and Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Teams are there, along with IOW Ambulance service.
”The woman is out of the water and in the hands of ambulance service”.
UPDATE – Sadly, the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Read more at https://www.islandecho.co.uk/woman-dies-at-yaverland-beach-despite-emergency-teams-best-efforts/.