August Services

Saturday 21st


We  launched at 18:28 at the request of Solent MRCC after the spoken words Mayday were received stating that a 20ft speedboat had hit an submerged object to the east of St Catherine’s point.


On route Solent gave us a Datum point to start an expanding square search, with the first heading of 270°, and a track spacing of ½ mile, the visibility was down to around ½ a mile sometimes less with a moderate sea.  


A total of 12 legs were completed with nothing found before were released and returned to Bembridge Harbour, due to the tide we berthed alongside BSC until 01:30 when we slipped out and returned to station, the lifeboat was recovered and made ready for service again by 02:30


 


Sunday 14th


We were requested to launch by Solent MRCC at 14:35 to assist other units after a body was spotted by a fishing vessel in the vicinity of Bembridge long ledge.


On launching the lifeboat made best speed to the datum position establishing on route that the Coastguard helicopter had picked up the body, once on-scene we were given a parallel search pattern to carry out from our position down as far as Dunnose Point steeping off 3 cables and returning.Four legs of 6.5 miles were carried out before we were released and returned to Bembridge Harbour before returning to station at 18:30 


 


Sunday 8th


We launched at 17:45 at the request of Solent MRCC to search for a person that was thought might have jumped off  Culver cliff after clothes were found at the top.


On Launching we were given an area to search, a total of seven legs were completed with nothing found before we were released and returned to station the lifeboat was recovered and made ready for service again by 20:10 


 


Sunday 1st


We were requested to launch to assist two unwell crewmembers aboard the 33’ yacht “Flapjack” that was 15 nm SE of St Catherine’s point on passage from Chichester to Weymouth.


On launching the lifeboat proceeded at best speed establishing on route that the casualty with 3 POB was under sail and making about 3-4 knots on an heading of 350°, arriving on scene we found the yacht with a genoa up and the crew still feeling unwell. After a discussion with the skipper it was decided to evacuate the unwell crew to shore and transfer a crewmember from the lifeboat across to assist the skipper in sailing the yacht towards Bembridge Harbour. The crew were transferred across and on completion the lifeboat made for the nearest landing stage which was at Ventnor haven where once berthed the crewmembers were handed over to the local Coastguards who then took them to Bembridge Harbour to be reunited later on. We then returned to the “Flapjack” which had made progress under sail towards Bembridge and we escorted them up as far as Bembridge ledge but because of the increasing ebb tide the casualties speed reduced to 3 knots so the towline was rigged, passed, secured and the casualty was towed up as far St Helens fort where once out of the tide he was able to motor in under his own steam and into the berth at Bembridge marina where the family were reunited.


On completion but due to the state of the tide the lifeboat was berthed at Bembridge Sailing club until 19:00 when the lifeboat was taken out of the harbour, recovered onto the beach and made ready for service again by 19:30