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."
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.
We spoke to Mike Forsyth-Caffrey from the Maritime Coastguard Agency about the missing persons report made by a man and a woman, on the Isle of Wight. It led to a three hour search which has now been stood down.
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.
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."
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?"
All police units now stood down after extensive search with Ryde Inshore Rescue, Coastguard and RNLI. Thanks to all for assistance.
We've searched the sea and shore and we now don't think there are 2 kids in danger. Search stood down. Thanks to everyone for their help.
In an interview with a local radio station on the Isle of Wight, Maggie Hill from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has appealed for the parents of the boys reported missing to get in touch.
You can listen to the interview here.
If you see the missing children in Ryde IOW, call 999 and notify the police.
Police called by Solent Coastguard at 1.21pm today (Monday) to a report of two missing boys on the seafront at Ryde.
They were last seen near Appley Tower and Police assisting coastguard with searches.