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Coastguard Rescue Teams from Bembridge and Ventnor were tasked to reports of someone possibly stuck on or near Culver Cliff during the early hours of this morning (Saturday).

Solent Coastguard requested both teams to conduct a search at Culver Down, between Bembridge and Sandown, at 04:43.

The first informant, situated at Yaverland, gave a full description of what they had seen.

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After a full area search it was concluded that no persons were stuck on the cliff or cut off by the tide.

It was confirmed that what the first informant had seen was in fact a mast light of a yacht at anchor in The Bay.

The incident has been deemed a False alarm with Good intent (FAGI) but Coastguard officers say the informant did the right thing by calling HM Coastguard to report their concerns.

If you or someone else is in difficulty on the coast or at sea, or if you spot what you think may be unexploded ordnance, then dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Further safety information can be found at

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