The National Police Air Service (NPAS) Helicopter from Bournemouth has been called in to assist local Police in the search for a missing person tonight (Sunday).

Officers on the ground are currently conducting a search between Sandown and Shanklin with the assistance of HM Coastguard.

Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team and Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team have both been mobilised to the area alongside Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat.

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Island Echo initially had reports of multiple police units responding to The Bay area at around 19:00.

WightSAR – the Island’s volunteer search and rescue team – have been called out with volunteers now also assisting with the wide scale search.

Hampshire Constabulary are yet to issue an appeal.

UPDATE @ 21:25 – The NPAS helicopter has relocated to Ventnor, with Police units also seen heading in that direction.

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The search continues.

UPDATE @ 22:05 – The missing individual has been successfully located in Ventnor, it has been confirmed.

Police and Coastguard teams have relocated to the Flowersbrook area having initially launched their search in Shanklin.

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The NPAS Helicopter has departed and has now returned to Bournemouth after around 45 minutes of searching.

The incident has been brought to a close.

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Moon Gazer
Moon Gazer
3 years ago

Went down to Wheelers Bay at about 7:30 this evening to have a look at the moon, there was someone with a head torch on down on the beach itself on their own, assumed it was a photographer. Hope the person is found soon ❤️

3 years ago

Thank God they have been found safe and sound x


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