Search and Rescue teams have been deployed to the West Wight this morning (Wednesday) in response to concerns for the whereabouts of a male from the Isle of Wight.
Police and the Island’s volunteer search and rescue team, WightSAR, are currently conducting a land search in the Yarmouth area alongside The Needles Coastguard Rescue Team.
WightSAR were called out at just before midnight at the request of Hampshire Constabulary.
Coastguard Rescue 175 helicopter from Lee-on-Solent has also been drafted in to conduct a search along the northern coastline towards Yarmouth. The helicopter was scrambled at around 01:30.
Yarmouth RNLI’s All Weather Lifeboat has also been launched.
Island Echo is told that clothing was found in the vicinity of Yarmouth Pier earlier on tonight. The pier has now been closed and the adjoining car park is being utilised as a rendezvous point.
UPDATE @ 06:30 – The search appears to have concluded with Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat returning to Harbour by 05:00 having conducted a shoreline search to both the East and West.
Hampshire Constabulary has been approached for a statement with an update expected later this morning.
UPDATE @ 09:16 – Needles Coastguard Rescue Team have confirmed that they were called out alongside colleagues from Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team.
During their initial search, separate clothing was located at Alum Bay which initiated a second incident. After searching in and around Alum Bay the search teams returned to the initial tasking by searching the shoreline from Yarmouth to Bouldnor at low tide.
The Coastguard teams were stood down at 08:20.
Lymington RNLI and Lymington Coastguard Rescue Team were also involved in the search on the mainland side of the Solent.
UPDATE @ 15:00 – Police have now issued an appeal to locate missing Matthew Doyle – more details on this can be found here.