Missing boys report a 'hoax'

A search for two missing boys off Ryde on the Isle of Wight has been stood down. Coastguards say it could have been a 'hoax or a false report'.

Police statement after missing boys search

A spokesman from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police have released a statement about yesterday's events in Ryde.

We were called at 1.21pm on Monday by HM Coastguard to assist with the search for two boys reported missing on the seafront at Ryde on the Isle of Wight. A man and woman said they had last seen the two boys at around 12pm on Monday going into the water between the Ryde Inshore Rescue building and Appley Tower. Police deployed officers and staff to check nearby public places, tourist attractions and hotels.An address given for the family on the Isle of Wight was checked by officers. The details provided were found to be incorrect."

– Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police spokesman

The HM Coastguard stood down its search of the sea and shore in Ryde at 4.15pm on Monday as they received no further information to suggest the children were in danger.

The police are renewing an appeal for the parents or any relatives of these two boys to contact them.

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Police 'keeping an open mind' over Isle of Wight search

Police deployed officers and staff to check nearby public places, tourist attractions and hotels. Details of the boys were circulated to public transport operators and Solent ferry companies.

An address given for the family on the Isle of Wight was checked by officers. The details provided were found to be incorrect.

– Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police spokesman

They added:

The force is keeping an open mind about the circumstances of this report. There is no evidence at this time to confirm a criminal offence has been committed deliberately. There could be a completely innocent explanation for what happened.

We are renewing an appeal for the parents or any relatives of these two boys to contact the police."

– Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police spokesman

Missing boys report was either a 'hoax' or 'false report'

Coastguards have called off a search for two boys who were thought to have gone missing from a popular tourist beach.

A three-hour search for the youngsters, aged six and eight, were reported missing after they were last seen on the seafront at Ryde on the Isle of Wight this lunchtime, has now been "stood down," the Marine and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said.

It is an area we can search very well with clear visibility.

We are confident there is no child out there in difficulty.

Either it was a hoax or a false report. The parents left the scene after making the report. Did they find the children and then leave without telling anyone?"

– MCA spokesman

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