Cowes RNLI lifeboat and the Needles Coastguard Rescue Team were tasked to the Egypt Point area at around 19:30 by the National Maritime Operations Centre. Reports were received from a member of the public that they had heard cries for help coming from a small sailing dinghy heading towards the mainland.
After a thorough search of the area in fading light, emergency teams did not locate any boat or persons in trouble.
Tom Wyeth, Station Officer for Needles Coastguard said:
“Never be afraid to call for assistance if you truly believe someone may be in difficulty out at sea or ashore.
“You can call HM coastguard via dialling 999 or by using one of the many yellow emergency phones located around the coast”.
Cowes RNLI have returned to station.