Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat carries out an early morning search off St Catherine's Point.
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 4.47am this morning at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to conduct a shoreline search from one mile East of St Catherine's Point to one mile West for 'anything untoward following a spoken word Mayday' that had been picked up earlier on their Boneface Down aerial on VHF Ch 16.
The Alfred Albert Williams reached the search area at 5.15am and having conducted a sweep of the designated search area in quite lumpy conditions and found nothing of any significance she was released by UK (Solent) Coastguard at 6.00am and returned to Bembridge. She was recovered by 6.45am.
Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team carried out a search of the same area from the shore with similar results.
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams' AIS track from Marinetraffic.com
Bembridge RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat searches off Ryde Sands for two teenagers reported to possibly be in difficulty.
RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778 Inshore Lifeboat) was launched just before midnight at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to conduct a shoreline search from Puckpool Point to Ryde Pier following a report of two teenagers heard screaming in the water. The Norman Harvey was on scene at 11.58pm and carried out a number of line searches but despite illuminating the area with a white flare spotted nothing untoward. She was released by UK (Solent) CG at 00.51am and returned to Bembridge. She was recovered by 1.20am.
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was also initially placed on standby in case the search had had to be escalated. Bembridge and Ventnor Coastguard teams were also both in attendance on Ryde beach.
AIS track information copied from MarineTraffic.com
Both Bembridge Lifeboats tasked to help search for a kayaker and a kite surfer.
Just before 'RNLB Alfred Albert Williams' (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) launched for training this evening at 7pm, she was tasked by UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist in the search (in conjunction with Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat) for a kite surfer reported to be in difficulty off Ventnor/Dunose Head.
At the same time, 'RNLB Norman Harvey' (Inshore Lifeboat D-778) was tasked to search for a kayaker reported as also being in difficulty off Culver/Yaverland. Having conducted a thorough search and found nothing, the 'Norman Harvey' joined in the search for the kite surfer, however when again nothing untoward was found, both boats were stood down and returned to Bembridge; both were recovered by 8.45pm.
Quick thinking by the crew of RNLB Norman Harvey results in three members of the public participating in this year's St Helens Fort Walk being brought to safety.
RNLB Norman Harvey (Inshore Lifeboat D-778) was launched at around 5:30pm to provide a safety presence during this evening's 'St Helens Fort Walk'. Towards the end of the 'walk' with the vast majority of the estimated (by the Bembridge Coastguard Team) 4,500 people safely back on the beach, the crew of the Norman Harvey spotted a father and his two teenage sons in considerable difficulty after they unexpectedly 'fell' into a deep hole in the middle of the channel whilst they were crossing from the St Helens side to the Bembridge side.
The crew were able to reach the three casualties very quickly and were able to keep them afloat whilst they got them on board the Norman Harvey. Having checked them over, they then made their way towards the inner harbour entrance and handed the three casualties over to the Coastguard team who had in the meantime called for an ambulance so that they could be taken to St Marys Hospital to be checked over as they had all swallowed copious amounts of sea water.
The Norman Harvey then returned to Lane End and was recovered by 8.45pm.