located at the eastern end of the Isle of Wight,
adjacent to the infamous Bembridge Ledge
So far in 2015, the crew have been involved in 29 services (shouts) (21 ALB & 8 ILB) and have rescued or assisted 52 people. There were cancelled launches on 22nd April & 25th July.
The most recent shout (ILB) was on 21st August. The most recent ALB shout was on 18th August. Click here for details of "shouts">>
Additionally, the ALB provided a presence at the Amerca'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 due to operational requirements, the next planned ALB launch is expected to be on:
Wednesday 2nd September at 19:00 (but tbc so keep checking).
Offshore Boathouse & Shop Opening Times
The Offshore Boathouse & Shop are now open daily from 11am to 4pm until 27th September when the opening times will revert to 2pm to 4pm. We will be open 11ao to 4pm again over the Winter half-term (24th October - 1st November).
2015 Open Day - Saturday 15th August
An excellent day - thank you to everyone who supported us and to all the Guild & Crew members who helped make it such fun.
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams providing a demonstration with Rescue 104 at the America's Cup World Series in Portsmouth - Saturday 25th July
Naming Ceremony for D-778 - Norman Harvey - 18th July
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 will be included in the Multimedia Image Gallery in due course. In the meantime click here to view a selection.
RNLI Lifeguards on Sandown Beach
The RNLI lifeguard service on Sandown beach started on 4th July - great to see another very visible part of the RNLI on the Isle of Wight. There are a couple of photos (all taken by Noel Stimson) in the Multimedia Image Gallery.
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