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Search for skipper called off

A large-scale air, land and sea search for the skipper of a yacht, who had set off from Dorset and whose vessel was found beached with its engine still running but with no one on board has been called off.

No sign of the man, named by police as 46-year-old Hany Nabil Mustapha, has been found.

A member of the public discovered his vessel, called Brigand, ashore with one of its sails up near Brighstone on the Isle of Wight.

A Solent Coastguard spokesman said: "The search has been suspended but if we get any new information that prompts us to an area then we will recommence a search."


Missing yachtsman - police appeal

Hany Nabil Mustapha's boat Credit: Dorset Police

Police are appealing for the public’s help to try and find a missing London man after his boat was found unoccupied off the Isle of Wight.

Hany Nabil Mustapha bought a small yacht through a private sale on Saturday morning.

He sailed away from Poole Yacht Club, where the boat was moored, at 10.05am on the same day.

Mr Mustapha, aged 46 and from the Kingston area of London, told staff that he intended to sail the boat to Hayling Island, near Portsmouth.

At 5.36pm, Hampshire Constabulary was notified by HM Coastguard that the boat had been located beached at Grange Chine, off the coast of the Isle of Wight, with no crew on board.

As a result, HM Coastguard launched a search operation. This search was called off yesterday afternoon.

Hany Nabil Mustapha Credit: Dorset Police

Mr Mustapha is described as approximately six feet three inches tall, of mid-European appearance with a stocky build. He has short, dark receding hair and a goatee beard.

He was last seen wearing a white sailing jacket, sunglasses and a hat.

Det Insp Pete Little said: “We are obviously concerned about Mr Mustapha and I am releasing an image of him in the hope that the public may be able to assist us in locating him.

“Mr Mustapha’s boat was found with nobody on board and with the motor still running off the coast of the Isle of White."

Anyone with any information or knowledge about Mr Mustapha’s whereabouts should call Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number 27:455.

Missing skipper search continues

Solent Coastguard is coordinating a search for a man, after his yacht was found ashore near Brighstone, Isle of Wight.

A member of the public reported that the yacht ‘Brigand’ was ashore with one of its sails up and the engine still running yesterday evening. The yacht had no-one aboard.

An air, land and sea search involving Coastguard helicopters from Portland and Lee on Solent, Yarmouth and Mudeford RNLI lifeboats, Freshwater SSRO inshore and all weather lifeboats and Lymington, Needles, Southbourne and Swanage Coastguard Rescue Teams began shortly after the yacht was found.