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August 2020

29th August

Bembridge RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat launched to check on a 25ft motor boat that had been seen to hit the Bembridge Ledge; subsequently re-tasked to assist a 7m RIB that had damaged her propeller off Whitecliff Bay.

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-Class Inshore Lifeboat 778) was launched at around 1pm this afternoon at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to check out a 25ft motor boat with 3 crew onboard that had been seen to hit the Bembridge Ledge and then continue on her way up the Solent.   The Norman Harvey eventually caught up with the motor boat off Seaview and having ascertained that they did not require any assistance, returned to Lane End and was recovered by 1.45pm.   Sea conditions were lumpy in the NNW F4 breeze.

After a short beak ashore, the Norman Harvey was re-tasked by UK (Solent CG) to locate a RIB with 5 people onboard that had reported (by phone, no working VHF) that she badly damaged her propeller after hitting some rocks in the Whitecliff Bay area.  Launching at 1.50pm, the Norman Harvey soon located the RIB and commenced a tow back to the Lifeboat Station.  Having secured the RIB to the mooring buoy off the Offshore Boathouse, the crew were brought ashore while it was decided what to do next as the owner and his family were holidaying on Hayling Island and were due to return home tomorrow (Sunday).  After efforts to arrange a commercial tow back to Hayling Island failed, the Norman Harvey was relaunched and towed the RIB into Bembridge Harbour; having berthed her safely on the Visitors Pontoon by 3.55pm she then returned to Lane End and was recovered by 4pm..

A busy afternoon for both the crew and the shore crew.

27th August

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Tamar Lifeboat launched to assist a small single handed trimaran that was having difficulty making progress in the SE F7 winds and moderate to rough sea to the north of Bembridge Lifeboat Station.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at around 4.40pm this afternoon at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist small single handed Hobie trimaran from Lane End that was reported as being 2nm or so NE of the Offshore Boathouse and having difficulty in making progress in the SE F7 winds and moderate to rough sea. Communications were with a yacht that was close by keeping an eye on the trimaran.

By the time the Alfred Albert Williams had located the trimaran, she was not far from St Helens Fort and as the owner was determined to make landfall without assistance despite a damaged port, the lifeboat stood by until he had beached safely on the beach just south of Nodes Point. The Alfred Albert Williams then returned to the Boathouse and was recovered by 5.30pm.


22nd August

Bembridge RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat launched to locate three 'St Helens Fort walkers' who it was thought might get cut off by the incoming tide.

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-Class Inshore Lifeboat 778) was launched this evening at around 8.45pm at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard following a report that there were three 'fort walkers' out on St Helens Fort who it was thought might get cut off as the tide had turned.  The Norman Harvey quickly located the three who were on the shingle walkway and were on their way back to 'dry' land.   Having liaised with the Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team and made sure that the three were safely ashore, the Norman Harvey returned to Lane End and was recovered by 9.15pm.

22nd August

Bembridge RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat launched to locate two kayakers reported as being in difficulty in the vicinity of St Helens Fort and the All-Weather Tamar Lifeboat launched to assist a windsurfer in difficulty off Forelands.

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-Class Inshore Lifeboat 778) was launched this afternoon at around 4.42pm at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to locate two kayakers who had been reported as being in difficulty in the vicinity of St Helens Fort.  A few minutes later (at 4.50pm) RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched to assist a windsurfer who had been reported being in difficulty off Forelands.

It did not take the Norman Harvey long to reach St Helens Fort but when there was no immediate sign of anyone in difficulty they headed towards No Mans Land Fort following a report that a kayaker (with no lifejacket) had been seen heading in that direction about an hour before.   In the meantime the windsurfer off Forelands managed to get ashore safely by themselves so the Alfred Albert Williams was re-tasked to join in the search for the two kayakers.   A search pattern was set up by UK (Solent) CG involving both boats, however the sea conditions were such (Chimet was registering SW F7 with waves of 1.3m) that the Norman Harvey was re-tasked to conduct two shoreline searches on her way back to Lane End via Seagrove Bay & Priory Bay.  The Alfred Albert Williams meanwhile, having not found anyone in difficulty was re-tasked to conduct a shoreline search from the Bembridge Ledge to Whitecliff Bay.  With nothing untoward found she was released and returned to the Offshore Boathouse.  They were recovered by 6.15pm and 6.35pm respectively.

22nd August

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Tamar Lifeboat launched to assist a yacht off Wootton that had put out a Mayday call as they were taking in water.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at around 10.36 this morning at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist a 35ft French yacht 'Isandra III' located off Wootton that had put out a Mayday call as they were taking in water.   However minutes after launching, the yacht cancelled the Mayday as they had stopped the leak and were able to make their own way to Cowes.  The Alfred Albert Williams therefore returned back to Bembridge and was recovered by 11.00am.

4th & 5th August

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Tamar Lifeboat launched to assist in a multi-agency Solent wide search for the rider of a Jet Ski that had been found earlier yesterday evening with no one onboard 1nm south of Lee on Solent.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at around 10.50pm this evening at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist in a multi-agency Solent wide search for the rider of a Jet Ski that had been found earlier in the evening with no one onboard about a mile south of Lee-on-Solent.  Initial reports were that the Jet Ski (a Yamaha Waverunner) had been found without a killcord and with a mobile phone onboard.

The Alfred Albert Williams was tasked to conduct a 20 leg search in the Eastern Solent.   Sea conditions were slight to moderate in the F4-F6 SW'erly breeze. 

After an all night search without any sign of the missing rider, the Alfred Albert Williams was released by UK (Solent) Coastguard at around 8.15am and returned to Bembridge.  She was recovered by 9am.  There is a possibility that she may be re-tasked to continue the search once the crew have been refreshed.

1st August

Bembridge RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat launched following the report of someone possibly breaking their ankle on Priory Bay beach.

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778 Inshore Lifeboat) was launched just before 9pm this evening at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard following the report of someone possibly breaking their ankle on Priory Bay beach.   On arrival, the Norman Harvey was used to ferry the casualty in the local Coastguard Team's stretcher to the waiting ambulance on the Esplanade, in Seagrove Bay.  On completion she retuned to Lane End and was recovered by 9.40pm.

1st August

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Tamar Lifeboat launched to assist a 38 foot yacht that had been dismasted while racing around the Island; two paddleboarders also assisted south of St Helens Fort.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at around 4.15pm this afternoon at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist a 38 foot yacht competing in RORC's 'Race the Wight'  that had been dismasted between St Catherine's Point & Sandown Bay.   She had six crew onboard and by the time that the Alfred Albert Williams reached them (4.25pm) they had cut the mast away and were under their own power back to Southampton.  Conditions were bright with a SW'erly F5 breeze; sea conditioms were slight. 

The initial plan was to escort the yacht until safely past Bembridge, however at 4.45pm having confirmed all was ok, the Alfred Albert Williams was diverted to locate and assist two paddleboaders who were being blown out to sea just south of St Helens Fort.   It did not take them long to reach the area and locate the two paddleboarders.  The Y-boat was launched, however, there was just enough water for the Alfred Albert Wiliams to get close enough to the two paddlers and recover them and their boards straight onboard.  After recovering the Y-boat, the Alfred Albert Williams returned to the Offshore Boathouse, where the two paddleboarders were handed over the Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team, and she was recovered by 5.30pm.

In the meantime, the Inshore Lifeboat was paged by UK (Solent) Coastguard at 4.58pm following a separate report of 2 kayakers in difficulty south of St Helens Fort; however having clarified that the two kayakers were in fact the two paddleboarders, the launch was cancelled.