A police investigation has begun and authorities are treating the death as unexplained.

The Cowes RNLI have located the yacht police believe is linked to the death of a man whose body was found near Cowes floating bridge Sunday.

Isle of Wight police and HM Coastguard were called to East Cowes on the Isle of Wight when the body was discovered and began searching for a yacht that was thought to be in the Solent.

The vessel was later found in Cowes Yacht Haven.

A statement issued by Cowes RNLI said: “The Cowes RNLI lifeboat was launched to search for a yacht following the discovery of a body of a man close to the East Cowes shore of the River Medina, a few metres from the floating bridge.

“The search for the boat was under the direction of Solent Coastguard — taking part were a Cowes Habour Commission launch and onshore coastguards from Newport and Bembridge. Meanwhile the police, initially supported by a police launch, were carrying out detailed investigations in the area where the body was found … It was ascertained no one else from the yacht was missing.”

In a statement, a police spokesperson said: “The death is being treated as unexplained at this time. Officers are conducting routine initial enquiries to establish more details about the identity of the body. Anyone with information can contact police by phoning 101. Mini-com users can phone 18001 101.”

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