NEEDLES Coastguard Rescue Team was called to investigate reports of a drifting vessel near Freshwater Bay this morning (Wednesday).

Shortly before 9am, the coastguard team searched the area, but were unable to locate anything untoward.

The search was conducted around the Island's south coast until around 10.30am.

A spokesperson for HM Coastguard said: "We received reports of a drifting vessel shortly this morning, with the Needles Coastguard Rescue Team and Yarmouth RNLI Lifeboat attending the scene.

"The search was stopped shortly before 10.30am, with nothing found."

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