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COASTGUARD TEAMS RESPOND TO EMERGENCY CALL

sandownswimmersearch9UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Coastguard Rescue Teams from Bembridge and Ventnor are currently attending an emergency call in Sandown Bay following reports that a swimmer has got into difficulty in the area.

Coastguard Rescue 104 helicopter from Lee-on-Solent is also in attendance and is searching the sea to both the left and right of Sandown Pier.

sandownswimmersearchIsland Echo understand members of the public spotted a suspected person in the water and reported the sighting to HM Coastguard just before 13:00 this lunchtime.

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Officers from Hampshire Constabulary are now on scene and are working with HM Coastguard to ascertain if there are any persons in the water.

sandownswimmersearch4UPDATE @ 14:45 – The extensive search between Yaverland and Shanklin has yet to locate any persons in the water.

Bembridge and Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Teams are searching the shoreline on foot and Coastguard Rescue 104 continues an aerial sweep of the area.

Several Police units are now in attendance including a Dog Support Unit.

sandownswimmersearch7UPDATE @ 15:10 – The air and land search for a person spotted in the water has been called off this afternoon after two hours.

A HM Coastguard spokesperson has told Island Echo that the search did not locate any person or object which could be mistaken for a person and has been deemed as a false alarm with good intent.

Anyone with any further information is asked to contact Solent Coastguard.

VIDEO: Thanks to Island Echo reader Tina Evans for sending in this video of the rescue helicopter searching the Bay.

First photo by Peter Churchman

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