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The body of a man in his 70s has been found on the beach at Compton this morning (Bank Holiday Monday).

Police were called to the popular beauty spot sometime before 07:00 after it was reported to the authorities that the body of a male had washed ashore.

Officers cordoned off Hanover Point car park and the surrounding areas whilst they investigated the discovery. The car park was re-opened by 08:15.

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Although formal identification is yet to take place, the family of a missing pensioner have been informed.

The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner.

A large scale search operation was launched on Thursday night when a vehicle belonging to a missing individual was discovered near the clifftops at Freshwater. Despite 2 helicopters, 2 lifeboats, 2 Coastguard Rescue Teams, WightSAR volunteers and Police all searching, nothing was found.

The search continued across the weekend but has now concluded with the discovery of the unnamed male’s body.

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How sad to end your life on such a beautiful stretch of coastline, in such a wonderful Spring the likes of which I can’t remember being more sunny, and with more blossoms and wildflowers than ever this year.

Let’s hope family and friends though take comfort that his/her life ended in beauty rather than as so many sadly do in a clinical environment.

Awfully sad to lose someone whatever and wherever. Hope they stay strong as a family to help one another now in these difficult times.


More terrible news on the Island, my thoughts to his loved ones.

John M

Very sad to hear and condolences to the family of this man. Its such a shame that some people can find the time to disrespect this situation by trying to be funny. I do hope his family don’t have to see that comment. RIP


Join the discussion…I understand that you mean well but your post reads so badly. To keep going on about the beauty of the island and the spring flowers when a family have lost their father/husband to suicide. ???? I think its insensitive in the least.

Castle N

Julie. As someone directly affected by this incident I would just like to say that you are completely wrong. Binky’s comment was amongst the most thoughtful that I’ve seen and I really appreciated the sentiment. You literally came onto this comment section to not offer any condolences but to merely criticise someone else’s contribution – I think maybe you ought to reassess who has acted insensitively here.


This is extremely sad for the family and deepest sympathies to them, I think hope was fading for a positive outcome but nevertheless very sad

John M

RIP, may you now be at peace. Thoughts are with his family and friends

Martin (Ryde)

How very sad, condolences to the family and friends of this gentleman. Thanks to all the emergency services that risk their own safety in the pursuit of keeping others out of trouble. Sir, May you now rest in peace.

Morgan McCarty

Goes to show the strength of our wonderful services, such an awful shame my love and thoughts are with anyone effected, personal Thankyou to those services that were restless in Thursday night, must have been an awful experience, so much respect to all involved in the search ❤️

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What a shame this person had to take their life. Sincere condolences to his family. RIP


Binky, thank you for those thoughtful words, . I am affected by our family lose,but take solace in knowing so many people cared and now the demons are cast away and he is now at peace. It is a lovely island and we are so lucky to enjoy the beauty.

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