COASTGUARDS and Isle of Wight police launched a search this afternoon (Monday) for two young boys who were reported missing on Ryde seafront.
The coastguard helicopter was scrambled from Lee-on-the-Solent at 1.15pm to help in the hunt for the two boys and was sweeping the coastline along Ryde Sands, according to a spokesman.
Shore-based coastguards, the police and Ryde Inshore Rescue are taking part in the search.
The boys were last seen near Appley Tower, according to police.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency issued an appeal via social media site Twitter.
"If you are in the Ryde area, please look out for two boys, a six year old in pale blue trunks and an eight year old in red trunks.
"The six-year-old boy has dark brown hair, pale skin, dark brown eyes. The eight year old has a mole on his left shoulder."
Shortly before 3pm a Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokeswoman said there was no significant update, but appealed for the parents to re-establish contact with the police by dialing 999.
*At around 4.10pm Martime and Coastguard Agency sector manager Mike Forsyth-Caffrey said a thorough search had been carried out from the west of Ryde Pier all the way to Nettlestone, well ahead of any tidal predictions, with the helicopter and lifeboat, as well as coastguard and police teams on the shore.
He said: "We're pretty happy that there are not two children in danger in the area.
"A concern is that we have not had contact with the parents for two hours. The police are continuing their investigation and they have been to the address they were given by the couple.
"They are not from the Island, but were staying in Seaview. The police have been to that address, but there is no-one there. They have also called at neighbouring houses.
"We have put out calls through the media for them to get in touch.
"There are several possibilties and they include that this was a false call, or that they have picked up the children and they are a bit embarrassed to lead to this concern."
The search was stood down at around 4.15pm according to the MCA.