HM Coastguard and Police have responded to reports of a missing child at the beach in Sandown this afternoon (Saturday).
The alarm was raised by the boy’s grandmother at around 16:00 and resulted in a large scale response from local Police officers and Coastguard Rescue Officers from both Bembridge and Ventnor.
Thankfully, the youngster has now been found safe and well near Culver Parade. Search teams have been stood down.
HM Coastguard are urging Islanders to take care at the coast this weekend – the organisation has issued a stark warning.
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/.
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