Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Light aircraft distress call was 'false alarm'

A mayday distress call thought to have been made from a light aircraft over the Isle of Wight was a false alarm, the coastguard has said.

Two helicopters that were scrambled over the south coast of the island were stood down just before 1400 GMT.

Portland Coastguard and Solent Coastguard acted after receiving the call from the Air Rescue Co-ordination Centre (ARCC) just before midday.

Portland Coastguard said the cause of the false alarm was not immediately clear.

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