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UPDATED: Police and 2 Coastguard Rescue Teams are attending an incident at Totland Pier in the West Wight this morning (Saturday).

As previously reported by Island Echo, the National Police Air Service helicopter started circling Ryde shortly after 05:00 before relocating to Totland, where residents have also been woken up by the activities of the Bournemouth-based helicopter.

A man has since been located on the derelict Totland Pier. There are concerns for his welfare.

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Police are currently talking with the man whilst Coastguard Officers from The Needles and Ventnor standby in case a swift water rescue is required.

Freshwater Independent Lifeboat have also been tasked to the incident.

The helicopter has now moved off.

UPDATE @ 07:05 – The incident has been brought to a safe and peaceful conclusion without the need for any persons to enter the water.

The male has now been detained by Police.

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UPDATE @ 07:15 – Paramedics from the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service have arrived on scene and are expected to assess the detained individual.

UPDATE @ 08:22 – The man has been conveyed to St Mary’s Hospital, Newport.

UPDATE @ 09:42 – It has been confirmed that Freshwater Independent Lifeboat launched their D-Class lifeboat at around 06:30 this morning with Richard Barton-Wood (Coxswain), Dan Bircham and Odin Tunningley as crew.

Initial details were of a person being dragged out to sea from Freshwater Bay, however, the details were updated to say that the person was actually in Totland Bay near the pier.

The D-class pushed on towards The Needles through 3 metre waves and arrived in Totland Bay at around 07:30.  The D-class was then stood down by HM Coastguard as a man had been recovered from the water.

The FILB’s main lifeboat was also launched, but unfortunately sustained damaged at launch and needs repair. The D-class has relocated to Yarmouth Harbour as it was deemed too rough to recover at Freshwater Bay.

UPDATE @ 11:24 – Hampshire Constabulary have confirmed that they were called at 05:17 this morning to reports of 2 men causing a disturbance at a home on Tennyson Road, Freshwater.

Officers were deployed and conducted a search of the area after it was reported the men had left.

A 37-year-old man was later located at Totland Bay and arrested on suspicion of harassment. He remains in police custody at this time.

Police say the second man involved, a 31-year-old man, went into the sea. As previously mentioned, he has since been taken to hospital.

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