located at the eastern end of the Isle of Wight,
adjacent to the infamous Bembridge Ledge
So far in 2016, the crew have been involved in 12 services (shouts) (11 ALB & 1 ILB) and have rescued or assisted 20 people.
The most recent ALB shout was on 20th May 2016. The most recent ILB shout was on 1st January 2016. The ALB crew were brought to immediate readiness on 12th May but were subsequently stood down and not required to launch. Click here for details of "shouts">>
In 2015, the crew were involved in 39 services (shouts) (30 ALB & 9 ILB) and rescued or assisted 86 people. There were cancelled launches on 22nd April & 25th July.
Additionally, the ALB provided a presence at the America's Cup World Series event in Portsmouth on 24th, 25th & 26th July, at the Bembridge Village Regatta on 1st August & the Sandown Bay Regatta on 9th August. The ILB provided a presence off St Helens Fort on Sunday evening 2nd August when c500 people "walked to the fort" & on Monday evening 3rd August when c2,000 people "walked".
In 2014 there were 33 shouts (29 ALB & 4 ILB) with 62 people being rescued or assisted (there was a cancelled ALB launch on 4th December & a cancelled ILB launch on 18th July. Additionally, the ILB provided a presence off St Helens Fort on Tuesday 12th August when c2,000 people "walked to the fort"!)
In 2013 there were 36 shouts with 67 people being rescued or assisted (there were two cancelled launches on 18th August, one on Friday 23rd August & one on 23rd November.)
Although changes may be necessary at short notice for operational reasons, the next planned ALB launch is expected to be on:
Tuesday 31st May at 19:00 (not launching Tuesday evening 24th May)
Offshore Boathouse & Shop Opening Times
The Offshore Boathouse & Shop are currently open daily from 2pm to 4pm.
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar 16-17) launching on Saturday 30th April 2016 (to support RNLI Cowes' "Yellow Welly May Day" event (photo by John Hendy)
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams providing a demonstration with Rescue 104 at the America's Cup World Series in Portsmouth - Saturday 25th July 2015
Naming Ceremony for D-778 - Norman Harvey - 18th July 2015
It was a lovely afternoon on Saturday (18th July) for the Naming Ceremony & Service of Dedication for our new D-Class inshore lifeboat, Norman Harvey. The crew and guests were welcomed by Robin Ebsworth (Chairman of Bembridge Lifeboat Management Group); the principal donor, Joan Harvey, then handed the boat over to the RNLI, George Rawlinson - Operations Director, RNLI, who in turn handed it over to the Station, Mike Samuelson - Lifeboat Operations Manager, Bembridge RNLI.
Canon David Low then conducted the Service of Dedication. Senior ILB helmsman Andy Sibley read the lesson. On completion, the Lord Lieutenant, Major General Martin White then invited Joan Harvey to formally name the new boat before she was launched for a short demonstration. This was followed by tea that had kindly been arranged by members of the Bembridge Guild.
Photos of the afternoon have been added to the Multimedia Image Gallery. Alternatively you can view a selection by clicking here.
Amazing Photos of the Lifeboat Station
Have a look at a few of Jamie Currie's amazing photos of the Lifeboat Station and the surrounding area in the Image Gallery. For a larger selection click here.
Jamie has generously agreed to make a £5.00 donation to the RNLI for any A4 or A3 photos sold and £2.00 for the 10 x 12 photos.
"With courage, nothing is impossible"
- Sir William Hillary, founder of the RNLI 1824