A yacht has run aground off Bembridge this morning (Tuesday).

Bembridge Coastguard and the RNLI lifeboat have been called to the incident.

A number of people are understood to have been on board the yacht when it collided with rocks – and are being taken ashore.

*UPDATED 9.20am

*On Facebook, Bembridge RNLI said:

“RNLB Norman Harvey’ (D-Class Inshore Lifeboat 778) was launched at 6.50am this morning at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist a 44 foot yacht that had run aground on the edge of the Bembridge Ledge having left Bembridge Harbour enroute for Yarmouth earlier.

“The yacht was too hard aground by the time the ‘Norman Harvey’ arrived to be towed off so she was secured and the crew were ferried ashore to the Inshore Boathouse in three trips. The ‘Norman Harvey’ was recovered by 7.45am.

“The current thoughts are to take some extra lifeboat crew out to the yacht at around 4.30pm this afternoon and to tow her to the mooring off the Offshore Boathouse and then providing the yacht is ok to shuttle the crew back onboard. [sic]”