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'.

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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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