Lifeguards and a passing boat have rescued 4 swimmers – 3 children and an adult – to the north of Ryde Harbour.
Ryde Rescue 1 lifeboat is now on scene and is pulling at least 2 people out of the water. Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team are located on the Harbour wall and have 1 casualty in their care.
UPDATE @ 18:20 – Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team and the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service are now on scene.
All persons have been accounted for and are being checked over by paramedics.
UPDATE – All 4 casualties have made their way to St Mary’s Hospital as a precautionary measure. The individuals have swallowed an amount of water, leading to fears of secondary drowning.
The incident has now been brought to a close.
If you or someone else is in difficulty on the coast or at sea, or if you spot what you think may be unexploded ordnance, then dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Further safety information can be found at https://coastguardsafety.campaign.gov.uk/.