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The sighting of a red flare around the area of The Needles sparked a coastal search by Freshwater Independent Lifeboat and HM Coastguard last night (Saturday).

At just gone 21:00, both lifeboats from Freshwater were tasked to investigate the sighting of a red flare by 2 separate witnesses in the area of The Needles lighthouse and Scratchells Bay.

The Needlee Coastguard Rescue Team also joined the search for possible persons in distress.

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Despite an extensive search nothing untoward was found.

That said, 2 groups of people were located on the isolated beach at Scratchells Bay by Freshwater’s D-class Lifeboat. They stated they did not see any flares.

Solent Coastguard stood down the search by 23:30.

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