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A teenager suffering from the effects of an overdose has been airlifted to hospital by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance following a multi-agency rescue operation in Sandown this morning (Sunday).

Coastguard Rescue Teams from Bembridge and Ventnor have assisted the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service and Police in rescuing the teen from a field in a remote location north of Perowne Way.

2 other teenagers involved in the incident have been led to safety and taken home by Police.

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Emergency crews from HM Coastguard were tasked to the scene shortly after 01:00, alongside the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance from Thruxton near Andover. 2 local ambulance crews and an ambulance officer have also attended.

It remains unclear if the overdose was intentional or accidental and Police are said to be investigating whether or not the drugs come from a ‘rogue batch’.

The life-saving air ambulance took off from the pitch black field at just before 02:20, around 40 minutes after landing on scene.

The casualty has been flown to St Mary’s Hospital, Newport.

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