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HM Coastguard and Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat have been in action in Sandown this evening (Wednesday) in response to concerns raised for the safety of a man seen entering the water.

The volunteer search and rescue teams were tasked to Sandown Esplanade at around 16:40 after a member of the public alerted the Coastguard to a developing situation via a 999 call.

Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team swiftly arrived on scene to find a clothed individual in the choppy waters to the north of Sandown Pier.

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Thankfully, the individual was uninjured and was led to the safety of the shore by Coastguard Rescue Officers. It is unknown why the male, who according to witnesses was wearing shorts and a T-shirt, decided to go into the sea in adverse conditions.

Sandown Lifeboat hit the water but it soon transpired that a lifeboat was not required, resulting in a swift stand down for the crew.

Emergency services have now left the scene.

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Scott Maloney

It must of been cold

Mr T

Glad the mans ok but if he was north of the pier then that would put him inland & not in the sea

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