HM Coastguard are investigating a possible pollution incident on the north coast of the Isle of Wight this morning (Wednesday).
Coastguard officers from Bembridge and Ventnor are currently carrying out shoreline searches between Cowes and Wootton following reports of a foam-like substance along the coast.
Investigations are underway to identify if the substance is naturally occurring or whether there has been a pollution incident, such as an oil spill.
The incident began shortly before 09:45 this morning.
Anyone who sees any signs of pollution should call the Maritime and Coastguard Agency on 02392 552 100.
UPDATE @ 12:20 – HM Coastguard have confirmed that they are investigating reports of possible pollution at Osborne Bay.
Officials say that a number of people have contacted HM Coastguard saying they have seen what looks like foam coming ashore.
Duty controller Phil Norman has said:
“At this stage we are in the early part of an investigation to see what it is and see whether further action needs to be taken”.
More to follow