Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat launches to investigate the report of a yacht requiring immediate assistance to the South West of St Catherine's Point
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard at around 4pm this afternoon to investigate a request for immediate assistance via an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicator Radio Beacon) registered to a yacht thought to be located 3 nm SSW of St Catherine's Point.
The Alfred Albert Williams reached the area around 4.30pm and having liaised with the CG helicopter (Rescue 175) which was also on task and in the absence of any sign of a vessel in trouble, she was tasked to carry out a 5-leg parallel track search.
Having completed one leg she was advised by UK (Solent) CG that she could stand down and return to Bembridge after the owner of the EPIRB had been contacted ashore and had confirmed that it had been accidentally activated. She was recovered by 6.15pm.
The dredger 'City of Chichester' which had been in the area was also involved in the search as she transited eastwards and Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team covered shoreside. Sea conditions offshore were distinctly lumpy in the F5 NE breeze.
Photos of RNLB Alfred Albert Williams returning/recovering by Mike Samuelson.