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Woman rescued from rising tide in the fog

A woman and her dog have been pulled from the water after becoming cut off by the rising tide in thick fog at Ryde, Isle of Wight.

Solent Coastguard took a 999 call just before 8am this morning from the woman's husband reporting that his wife was cut off, very distressed and on Appley Beach.

Solent Coastguard immediately telephoned the woman who was stuck in the water with her dog. The water was already up to her waist, and, due to thick fog, she was disoriented.

The Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team, trained in water rescue, and two boats from Ryde Inshore Rescue were sent to the scene.

Due to the foggy conditions, it wasn’t clear exactly where the woman was. Rescuers had to shout to her to track her down, but she was eventually located. Both her and the dog were then recovered to the lifeboat before being passed into the care of paramedics.

This woman told us she often takes her dog for a walk on the beach in this area, but this morning she was not aware of the rising spring tide. Combined with the foggy conditions, she ended up getting stuck up to her waist in the water. This must have been a terrifying ordeal and we’re grateful that we managed to recover her in time. To avoid becoming stuck yourself, best to check the weather and tide times before you set out. Remember though, if you do get into difficulty, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

– Karen Bosman, Watch Manager at Solent Coastguard

Ryde kitchen fire victim named

Police have named the man who died in a Kitchen fire in Ryde on the Isle of Wight as Justin Martin Bell.

The 82-year-old who was from St Thomas Street in Ryde was rescued from his home after a fire broke out at just before 6pm on Tuesday.

Mr Bell died at St Marys Hospital in Newport later that evening. Mr Bell's 81-year-old wife, Mary Bell was transported to hospital suffering with smoke inhalation along with a 22-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman, who had tried to help Mr Bell get out of the house.

A 26-year-old woman and a 54-year-old local woman, who had also tried to assist, were treated at the scene.

An inquest is due to be opened on 19 November 2013.

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Police confirm death after fire

A man has died following a fire at a house in Ryde on the Isle of Wight. Emergency Services were called to an address in St Thomas Street, Ryde at 5.52pm on 12th November 2013.

An 82-year-old man was treated at the scene, but died in hospital later that evening. An 81-year-old woman as well as a 22-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman were also treated at St Marys Hospital for smoke inhalation and have since been released.

Hampshire Constabulary is working with Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service on an investigation at the scene of the fire.The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner. The dead man has not yet been named.

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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