August 2017

27th August

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) launched at around 6.40am at the request of UK Coastguard to investigate the report of a small abandoned inflatable dinghy in the vicinity of St Helens Fort.   Having located the dinghy and ascertained that there was no one in any danger, the Norman Harvey brought the dinghy back to Lane End and was recovered by 7.30am.

26th August

RNLB Frank and Anne Wilkinson was tasked at around 2.10pm by UK Coastguard to search for the driver of a Jet Ski that had been found drifting not far from the entrance of Bembridge Harbour.  The Frank and Anne Wilkinson was quickly on scene and after an initial search was contacted by a friend of the owner on another Jet Ski who explained that it had broken down and the owner had moored it up whilst he had gone to find help to sort it out. 

The Frank and Anne Wilkinson was then re-tasked to a sailing yacht in Priory Bay with two people on board that had broken down.  An initial offer to tow in Bembridge Harbour was rejected by the owner who wanted to get back to Langstone Harbour, however he did eventually agree to accept the original offer of a tow into Bembridge.  On completion, the Frank and Anne Wilkinson returned to the Boathouse and was recovered by 4.45pm.

At the request of UK Coastguard, RNLB Frank and Anne Wilkinson (relief Tamar 16-06) was launched at around 6.45pm to assist an 8m fishing boat with two people onboard that had broken down south of Ventnor.   Having ascertained that a local repair was not possible, the boat was towed to Portsmouth where she arrived at around 9.30pm.  The Frank and Anne Wilkinson then returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 10.30pm. 

In the meantime, at around 7pm, RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) was launched at the request of UK Coastguard to help locate a vulnerable person who was thought to be in vicinity of Culver Cliff.    Following an initial search, the missing person was located in Bembridge and the Norman Harvey returned to Lane End and was recovered by 7.45pm.

 23rd August

Following an earlier incident when a 25ft motor boat was towed into Portsmouth by a Shannon Lifeboat (13-18) that was on passage in the area after taking in water having hit what they thought was a semi-submerged object in the main shipping channel to the north west of No Mans Land Fort, RNLB Frank and Anne Wilkinson (relief Tamar 16-06) was launched at the request of UK Coastguard at 1.50 pm this afternoon to try to locate the offending object.  

After an extensive search (see attached photo of her AIS track) and having only found a piece of timber and a plastic traffic bollard, the Frank and Anne Wilkinson returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 5.45 pm.

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) was launched at around 6.30 pm to provide a presence off St Helens Fort for this evening's 'Fort Walk'.  Despite the large number of people walking, the annual 'happening' was incident free and the Norman Harvey was recovered by 8 pm.  Although there were inevitably a number of people who appeared ill prepared for the walk, it was encouraging to see lots of children wearing buoyancy aids, as were a number of dogs!

19th August

RNLB Frank and Anne Wilkinson (relief Tamar 16-06) was launched at around 11.40 this morning in response to a Pan Pan (Urgency call) from Celidh Mohr, a 35 foot sailing yacht with two crew onboard that had developed steering problems about 3 miles north of the Offshore Boathouse.   

It did not take long for RNLB Frank and Anne Wilkinson to reach the Celidh Mohr and establish a tow back to her home port of Chichester.    Arrangements were made for Hayling Rescue to meet them at the entrance of the harbour and after recovering the drogue anchor that had been deployed to keep the Celidh Mohr in a straight line behind the lifeboat, Hayling Rescue took over the tow for the final leg back to her mooring just inside the harbour entrance. 

RNLB Frank and Anne Wilkinson was on her way back to Bembridge when at around 1.10 pm UK Coastguard requested that RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) be launched to assist an 20 foot open powerboat "Bene" with 5 people onboard that had broken down just off Forelands.  

However, prior to RNLB Norman Harvey being launched it was decided to re-task RNLB Frank and Anne Wilkinson instead as she was, by that time, not far away.   Arriving on scene at the same time as a passing RIB (Water Pistol) from Bembridge and as the tide was dropping quickly and RNLB Frank and Anne Wilkinson would not have been able to get into the harbour, the owner of Water Pistol kindly agreed to tow Bene back to Bembridge.  Having escorted them until they were clear of the Bembridge Ledge,  RNLB Frank and Anne Wilkinson then returned to the Boathouse and was recovered by 2.30 pm.