Hampshire & Isle of Wight

'Thief' sparks air and sea search off Isle of Wight

A thief is thought to have sparked an air and sea search after abandoning a stolen kayak on an Isle of Wight beach.

Solent coastguard said the green 7ft kayak, which had been stolen from a beach hut in Sandown, was spotted in the surf nearby on Sunday morning.

Although the owner was found safe, the coastguard helicopter and Sandown lifeboat were launched at 10:15 GMT in case someone else had come to harm.

The search was called off at 14:30 GMT and the matter handed to police.

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