Coastguard helicopter searching at Culver Down

Police and coastguard teams are carrying out extensive searches to locate a missing woman on the Isle of Wight.

Emergency services have descended on Culver Down and are focusing on the area between Sandown and Bembridge.

HM Coastguard said it was called to the incident at 10.28am.

It is understood concerns were raised for the welfare of a woman.

The coastguard helicopter, Ventnor and Bembridge Coastguard teams Wight SAR (Search and Rescue) and police are involved in the search.

Heavy rain and strong winds are hampering the search.

Solent Coastguard helicopter carrying out a search (c) Plane Finder

*UPDATED 1.13pm

*Bembridge Lifeboat is now also involved in the search.


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