UPDATED: SEARCH AND RESCUE MISSION LAUNCHED AFTER DISTRESS BEACON ACTIVATED NEAR THE ISLE OF WIGHT

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A search and rescue mission involving Bembridge RNLI lifeboat and Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 175 has been launched off the coast of the Isle of Wight this afternoon (Friday).

At around 15:30, a distress beacon activation was picked up by Solent Coastguard indicating that a vessel may be in distress.

The search is currently focusing in an area south of St Catherine’s Point – the most southerly tip of the Island.

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A spokesperson for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has told Island Echo:

“HM Coastguard was called to assist at around 3.30pm today (April 17) after a report of a distress beacon alert from a vessel.

“The search and rescue helicopter from Lee-on-Solent and an RNLI lifeboat from Bembridge have been sent and this incident is ongoing”.

UPDATE @ 17:50 – The search has been called off with the incident being deemed a false alarm, with no persons in distress.

Island Echo understands that the distress beacon was set off accidentally.

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Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team were mobilised to assist in the search, but all resources have now been stood down.

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Mary

Hope all goes well and not another hoax again

Furloughed Frank

Was the Mayday call a day or so ago, accidently too?

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