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A large scale multi-agency search and rescue operation was launched in West Wight last night (Thursday) following reports of an unconscious casualty on the Freshwater cycle track. 

At just before 23:00, emergency services received a 999 call stating that there was an unconscious male situated between Afton Road and Freshwater Causeway.

The Freshwater Co-Responder and the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service were initially dispatched to the area, but it wasn’t long before Freshwater Fire Crew were called upon for lighting. They also began a search using their thermal imaging cameras.

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The Needles Coastguard Rescue Team and Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team then joined the search alongside Coastguard Rescue 175 Helicopter. Police were also requested to attend the scene off Afton Road.

Efforts continued in very dark and difficult conditions for around 2-and-a-half hours but all agencies were stood down at around 01:25 this morning.

It is thought that nothing was found.

JESIP in action – Emergency services discuss the situation

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