Mystery yachtsman search called off

Hany Nabil Mustapha. Credit: PA

A massive air, land and sea search for the skipper of a yacht found beached with its engine still on 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 found his boat, called Brigand, ashore with one of its sails up near Brighstone on the Isle of Wight.

Mr Mustapha, from Kingston-upon-Thames, bought the yacht in a private sale on Saturday morning and sailed from Poole Yacht Club in Dorset, where it was moored, at 10.05am that day.

Dorset Police said that Mr Mustapha told the yacht club that he wanted to go over to Hayling Island, near Portsmouth.