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Bembridge Lifeboat is a "Discover" RNLI station

located at the eastern end of the Isle of Wight,
adjacent to the infamous Bembridge Ledge

After an initial burst in February, March & April were unusually quiet.  However, so far in 2018, the crew have been involved in 22 services (shouts) (18 ALB & 4 ILB) and have rescued or assisted (or potentially assisted) 38 people. 

There was a cancelled launch (both boats) on 30th May; also on 4th June (ILB?), 14th July (ALB) and 15th August (ALB).  She launched for training with an RN Merlin helicopter on 16th August.

The most recent ALB shout was on 29th July 2018.  The most recent ILB shout was on 13th August 2018 during the Fort walk.  Click here for details of "shouts">>

In 2017, the crew were involved in 52 services (shouts) (36 ALB & 16 ILB) and have rescued or assisted (or potentially assisted) 97 people, 3 dogs, an inflatable swan, 2 inflatable dinghies and a plastic traffic bollard!  See History Timeline & News for more detail.

In 2016, the crew were involved in 45 services (shouts) (33 ALB & 12 ILB) and have rescued or assisted 77 people. See History Timeline & News for more detail.

In 2015, the crew were involved in 39 services (shouts) (30 ALB & 9 ILB) and rescued or assisted 86 people.   See History Timeline & News for more detail.

In 2014 there were 33 shouts (29 ALB & 4 ILB) with 62 people being rescued or assisted.  See History Timeline & News for more detail.

In 2013 there were 34 shouts (24 ALB & 10 ILB) with 67 people being rescued or assisted.  See History Timeline & News for more detail.

Although changes may be necessary at short notice for operational reasons, the next planned ALB launch is expected to be on:

Tuesday 21st August at 19:00

Offshore Boathouse & Shop Opening Times

2018 Open Day


for more pictures of the afloat demonstration, click on:

Swim Safe

photo RNLI/Chris Russell

Swim Safe is back! This summer, @RNLI and @SwimEngland are running free kids’ open water safety sessions at more beach locations across the UK than ever.  Visit the new-look website to book your child’s free place at Sandown Beach on Isle of Wight, weekdays from 23 July to 17 August at   #SwimSafe   #RespectTheWater.

The 60-minute session is run by qualified lifeguards and instructors, and includes:

  • Beach safety advice provided by qualified lifeguards on land.
  • Up to 30 minutes in-water tuition with qualified instructors.
  • All the right kit for swimming outdoors (including swimming hats, wetsuits, and swimming aids).

A parent or guardian must be present throughout the session and participants must already be able to swim 25m.

More information can be seen on the poster under the Sea Safety/Swimsafe 2018 menu.

Read about the launch of Sandown Beach Swim Safe on Tuesday 10th July at:

Annual Crew/Guild BBQ (27th July) - thanks to John & Anne Margetson



Tirlebrook Primary School (Tewkesbury) Donation (Friday 29th June)


Yellow Welly Week 2018 Photos (by Ken Orchard)

Bembridge features in the RNLI video clip at:




 South Coast Yellow Welly Relay (Bembridge to Portsmouth - Fri 11th May)


photos by Ken Orchard & Peter Baxter

Ryde Junior School Donation

A big big thank you to the children of Ryde Junior School who have recently managed to raise over £4,000 for the RNLI.  The cheque was presented to the crew during the Regatta held at SVYC on 26th April 2018

Stormforce Morning (Saturday 23rd September) & Isle of Wight Day


Fort Walk - 23rd August 2017


 HMS Queen Elizabeth - Portsmouth 16th August 2017

(photo kindly by Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue)

British America's Cup Sailors meeting the Island's Next Generation

(Sunday 23rd July - Sea View Yacht Club)


                                                           photos by Harriet Hadfield

7th July 2017 Shout!


Photos by kind permission of Darren Toogood, The Island Echo.

150 years of Lifesaving at Bembridge (10th June 2017)

During the Service of Thanksgiving

A fantastic day yesterday (Saturday 10th June).  I am sure that there will be lots of better photos, particularly of the Ceremony, however I have uploaded the ones that I took to a web album - the link to view is:

History of Bembridge Lifeboat (June 2016)

Exciting news, Martin Woodward's fascinating and detailed "History of Bembridge Lifeboat" is available in the Bembridge RNLI shop so do come and buy a copy.  A small number of signed copies are available in the Shop.

 RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar 16-17) launching on Saturday 30th April 2016

photo by John Hendy

 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 lifeboats, lifeguards and safety education the RNLI provides a ring of safety around the UK & ROI"

"With courage, nothing is impossible"

- Sir William Hillary, founder of the RNLI 1824