Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Festival goers trigger coastguard search

The River Medina on the Isle of Wight Image copyright M J Richardson
Image caption The River Medina runs alongside Newport's Seaclose Park festival site

A coastguard search was triggered when a group of people believed to have been Isle of Wight Festival revellers went for a late night swim.

Emergency services were called after a woman and four men entered the River Medina, next to Newport's Seaclose Park festival site, on Friday.

The woman was assisted by a passing vessel, three men made it ashore but one was unaccounted for.

However, the coastguard said it was confident no-one was left in the water.

An "extensive search", involving two coastguard rescue teams, the coastguard helicopter, the police boat and Cowes lifeboat, was carried out between 22:00 BST on Friday and 00:40 on Saturday, a coastguard spokeswoman said.

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