BODY FOUND IN THE SEA AT COWES IN SEARCH FOR MISSING MAN


A body has been recovered from the sea at Cowes this evening (Sunday), with the family of a missing man from Lee-on-Solent informed of the discovery.

Police initially responded to reports from members of the public of a body in the water at just before 16:30. Several units descended on the High Street area of Cowes to the rear of Admirals Court.

Cowes RNLI Lifeboat launched shortly after 16:35 to assist with the recovery and Coastguard Officers from Bembridge, Ventnor and The Needles were also tasked to the scene.

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The volunteer lifeboat crew worked with HM Coastguard to recover the individual into the lifeboat before transferring to the shore at Trinity Landing.

A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary has said:

“Officers searching for missing Peter Arthur from Lee-on-the-Solent have this afternoon found a body.

“Formal identification has not yet taken place, but his family have been informed and are being supported by officers.

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“The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner”.

Last night a large scale search was launched in the Solent region involving several lifeboats, helicopters and Coastguard Rescue Teams. The search and rescue teams were looking for 68-year-old Peter Arthur, who was last seen at his home in Lee-on-the-Solent at around 14:00 on Friday.

Island Echo