July 2017

27th July

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) was launched at the request of UK Coastguard at around 7:30pm this evening to locate a small inflatable dinghy that had been sighted drifting offshore about half a mile to the south east of Forelands. 

Once launched it did not take long for the Norman Harvey to reach the area but as it was quite rough they could not spot the dinghy.  The local Bembridge Coastguard team meanwhile had located the owners of the small dinghy who were safe ashore, so as it was too rough to continue to search for the dinghy itself, RNLB Norman Harvey returned to Lane End and was recovered by 8pm.

 

23rd July

RNLB Frank and Anne Wilkinson (temporary relief Tamar 16-06) was launched at the request of UK Coastguard at around 6:50pm this evening to initially conduct an expanding box search to the south east of No Mans Land Fort following a report by the P&O Cruise Ship Ventura of a SART (Search & Rescue Transponder) emergency signal being transmitted in the area.
 
RNLB Frank & Anne Wilkinson was quickly on scene and started her search, however after only four legs was re-tasked to check out two sailing vessels (Castalia & Hot Stuff) who had been in the area and were by then heading towards Cowes.  Both vessels were quickly located; the Coastguard meanwhile had managed to identify the make and number of the Search & Rescue Transponder that was transmitting and the yacht Hot Stuff then confirmed that it was one of theirs which had somehow been switched on in error and that they were in no difficulty.    The Frank and Anne Wilkinson then returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 20:00.

 

17th July

RNLB Frank and Anne Wilkinson (relief Tamar 16-06) was launched at the request of UK Coastguard just after 01:25 this morning to assist the 38 foot sailing yacht "X-Dream" with 3 Dutch crew that had a fouled prop about 2 nm north of the Lifeboat station.  

The Frank & Anne Wilkinson reached the X-Dream at around 01:35.    As the yacht had already cut the rope she had caught round her prop she simply was taken under tow to Haslar Marina.  After putting X-Dream alongside at 02:45, the Frank and Anne Wilkinson returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 03:30.

15th July

RNLB Frank and Anne Wilkinson (relief Tamar 16-06) was launched at the request of Solent CG just after 11:15 this morning to assist the 36 foot Charter Angling boat "Torbay Bell" with 9 anglers plus the skipper onboard that had broken down with gear box problems close to the Winner (South Cardinal Mark) in Hayling Bay.

The Frank & Anne Wilkinson reached the Torbay Bell at around 11:30. Having come alongside, the mechanic went aboard the Torbay Bell to see whether he could effect a temporary repair. When this proved impossible a tow was set up and the Torbay Bell was towed to her mooring in Langstone Harbour.

The anglers were transferred ashore via the Hayling Ferry pontoon and the Frank and Anne Wilkinson returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 13:05.

14th July

RNLB Frank and Anne Wilkinson (relief Tamar 16-06) was launched at the request of UK Coastguard just after 18:35 this evening to assist the 36 foot motor cruiser "Retallack" with one person onboard that had reported that she was in difficulty 5m south of St Catherine's Point.  

The Frank & Anne Wilkinson reached the Retallack at around 19:20.  Although the skipper was uninjured, he was clearly exhausted and disorientated.   As it was too rough to risk transferring a crew member to assist the skipper, he was persuaded to follow the Frank and Anne Wilkinson into smoother waters where a crew was then transferred to the Retallack and she was then escorted into Haslar Marina. 

The Frank and Anne Wilkinson left Gosport at 21:48 and returned to Bembridge and was recovered by  22:20.

13th July

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) was launched at the request of UK Coastguard at just after 13:20 this afternoon following a report that two people might have been cut off by the incoming tide at the western end of Whitecliff Bay. 

The Norman Harvey did not take long to reach the area and the couple were spotted clambering around about 50 foot up the cliff; a crew member went ashore and after having a word with them guided them safely back to Whitecliff Bay.   The Norman Harvey then returned to Lane End and was recovered by 14:15.  Photo of the incident by kind permission of Darren Toogood of the Island Echo.

    

7th July

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) was launched at the request of UK Coastguard at around 20:10 this evening to check out a report that had been received of an inflatable swan about 1nm SE of Bembridge Ledge. 

The Norman Harvey located the errant swan at around 20:25 and having ascertained that there was no-one swimming in the vicinity brought it back to the Lifeboat StationShe was recovered by 20:50.  Photo of swan by kind permission of Darren Toogood of the Island Echo.

  

5th July

RNLB Frank and Anne Wilkinson (relief Tamar 16-06) was launched at the request of UK Coastguard at 11:47 this morning to assist a 23ft Angling boat ("Evenless") with 3 crew onboard that had broken down with an over heated engine approx 11nm SE of St Catherine's Point. 

The Frank and Anne Wilkinson reached "Evenless" at around 12:28.  Having quickly established that a local repair was not possible, Evenless was towed back to her home port of Portsmouth where she was berthed alongside in Gosport Marina by 14:15.  The Frank and Anne Wilkinson then returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 15:00.

  

1st July

RNLB Frank and Anne Wilkinson (relief Tamar 16-06) launched at 08:30 this morning to provide an RNLI presence off the Eastern end of the Isle of Wight and to be immediately available in the event of any yachts racing in the Round the Island race requiring assistance. 

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) launched mid-morning in support.  

With conditions relatively benign, it was mid-morning before the Frank and Anne Wilkinson was tasked by UK Coastguard to a J70 yacht (Juke Box) with four crew that had a problem with her rudder.  She was put under tow by the Frank & Anne Wilkinson and subsequently handed over the Norman Harvey who towed her to the mooring off the Offshore Boathouse.  Juke Box subsequently was able to make her own way back to Cowes.

Towards the end of the morning the Frank and Anne Wilkinson volunteered to go to the assistance of four people who had been reported as being in difficulty off Sandown Beach.  In the event they had made their own to safety before the Frank and Anne Wilkinson reached the area.

 

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July 2017