Yacht was found ashore on the Isle of Wight with a sail up and the engine still running

Coastguards have suspended their search for a missing

skipper whose yacht was found aground with the sail up, the engine running and

no one on board.

Hany Mustapha was last seen at Poole, where he purchased the

vessel at a private sale on Saturday morning. The 46-year-old from Kingston

upon Thames told staff at the yacht club that he was planning to sail to

Hayling Island just hours before the boat was found stranded on the Isle of

Wight.

A five-hour air, land and sea search was launched after a

member of the public alerted the coastguard. The search resumed Sunday morning

but was called off after an unsuccessful eight-hours.

“The search has been suspended but if we get any new

information that prompts us to an area then we will recommence a search,”

explained a Solent coastguard spokesperson.

Mustapha is described as being around 6ft 3in tall, of

mid-European appearance with a stocky build. He has short dark receding hair

and a goatee beard.

Anyone with information about Mustapha’s whereabouts is

asked to call Dorset Police on 101.