2 lifeboats and a Coastguard Rescue Team are involved in the search for an object floating in the water on the coast of the Isle of Wight this afternoon (Tuesday).

Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat is currently conducting a search along the coast between Ventnor and Culver Cliff, with Bembridge RNLI’s All Weather Lifeboat conducting a similar search further out to sea.

Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team have headed to Shanklin Seafront with officers conducting a visual search of The Bay Area also.

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Island Echo is told they are looking for a dinghy, which is possibly upturned.

UPDATE @ 17:28 – Search teams have been stood down with nothing found.

UPDATE @ 19:30 – It has been confirmed that search and rescue resources were looking for a red 12ft dinghy that had been reported as drifting off Ventnor.

Bembridge’s All Weather Lifeboat was called in due to the sea conditions offshore (SSW F5) but after a thorough search the lifeboat was stood down and recovered to the boat house by 18:15.

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 https://coastguardsafety.campaign.gov.uk/.

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2 months ago

Was on Culver down could see lifeboats, could also see a white dinghy, the lifeboat was about a mile away and turned to port, vis not good even with binoculars, lost sight of dinghy, was unaware of being a shout, Tuesday usually training!

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