A cliff fall on the south coast of the Isle of Wight has prompted a response from emergency service teams this afternoon (Wednesday).

Officers from Hampshire Constabulary have been involved with a search, along with the Needles Coastguard team on the beach.

UK Coastguard received a 999 call from a member of the public around 2.15pm reporting that their dog had found an item of old clothing near a rock fall.

Needles Coastguard Rescue Team and the Hampshire Police have been sent to the area to establish if anyone was caught in the cliff fall. An NPAS helicopter has also been sent to the area.Brighstone cliff fall

There are no reports of any missing people in the area, however a full search is currently being carried out as a precautionary measure.

Duncan Ley, Duty Controller for UK Coastguard said:

“We have had reports from the Coastguard Rescue Team on scene that it doesn’t appear that anyone has been caught in the fall and there was also no one seen to be under the cliff at the time.  That said, we will continue the search until we are satisfied, along with the other emergency services involved, that no-one is at risk. We have the National Trust arriving on scene soon and our teams will liaise with them when they arrive.

“We are advising beach goers to keep away from the scene and we are currently cordoning off the area in the interests of public safety. I cannot stress enough that this rock fall clearly shows how unstable cliff edges can be, so please keep your distance from cliff edges, at both the top and the bottom of the cliffs, at all times.”