Cowes RNLI launches to assist in the recovery of a body from shallow waters in East Cowes. Picture courtesy of David Chillingworth/Artizan Photography.
A BODY has been discovered at East Cowes this morning (Tuesday).
Isle of Wight police were called to the beach at East Cowes after a man's body was spotted at Castle Point at around 9.30am.
Cowes RNLI was sent to the scene after Coastguards were contacted about a body in the water.
A police spokeswoman said the Harbour Commission and HM Coastguard were assisting with the recovery.
A Cowes RNLI spokesman said the man's body was found in two foot deep waters, close to the shore.
The man is believed to be middle-aged.
*Lifeboat helm Patrick Moreton, said: "Two members of the crew, Heather Boden and Graham Creagh, went into the water to assist the police to recover the body which was taken to a nearby police van."
The lifeboat, which was launched at about 10 am, returned to station an hour later, the spokesman said.