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August 2020

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.