HM Coastguard and Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat are conducting a search of the coast at Ventnor this evening (Monday) after calls for help were heard.
Island Echo is told that a radio transmission was heard indicating at least 1 or more people were in trouble – believed to be in the vicinity of Ventnor.
Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team have mobilised 2 units to the area in a bid to locate anyone in difficulty. Officers are being assisted by volunteers from Sandown Lifeboat.
The lifeboat is currently conducting a search along the shore from Luccombe towards St Catherine’s Point, with Coastguards on the ground utilising numerous vantage points in the area.
The Needles Coastguard Rescue Team have also been mobilised to the incident, presumably to cover more southern parts of the remote coastline.
UPDATE – The land and sea search has been stood down with nothing untoward found.
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