COWES RNLI had a late night search of Osborne Bay and Ryde last night (Thursday).

The lifeboat was tasked by UK Coastguard just before 11pm as an emergency distress beacon was sounding off the coast.

The Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 175 was also launched during the mayday alert.

Crews searched the sea and inland before being stood down at 12.21am.