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26th JULY

Both boats were requested at 23:32 to launch to support a search by Bembridge, Ryde & Ventnor Coastguard teams for a group of 20 students from a local residential campus who had been reported missing and were thought to have gone down to have a party on the beach in the Whitecliff Bay area. 

Reports had been received that some of them had been seen trying to clamber back up the cliffs.  A thorough search of the beach line from the Crab & Lobster to Yaverland was carried out by both boats (and the Y boat).  Fortunately all the students were able to get back to their accomodation without outside assistance and both boats were released to return to station at 00:56 and were recovered & made ready for further service by 01:30.