RNLB Frank and Anne Wilkinson (relief Tamar 16-06) was launched twice this afternoon at the request of UK Coastguard.
The first at around 14:45 to a kayaker who was reported to be in difficulty off Steep Hill Cove, Ventnor; however before they got very far the kayaker was reported by the Ventnor Coastguard team to be safe ashore so they returned back to Bembridge and recovered.
The second launch was at around 15:48 and was to assist a small dinghy with an angler onboard that had been reported as being swept out to sea from the same area (i.e Steep Hill Cove). At approximately 16:00 UK Coastguard advised that the dinghy had been assisted ashore by a kayaker and therefore the Frank and Anne Wilkinson was no longer required. She returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 16:45.
RNLB Frank and Anne Wilkinson (relief Tamar 16-06) was launched at around 16:30 this afternoon at the request of UK Coastguard to assist in a search for a kayaker following the possible sighting by a passing yacht of an unmanned kayak and paddles south of Hayling Island. The search also involved Portsmouth's Atlantic 85, RNLB Norma T (B-846) and the Coastguard helicopter.
The Frank and Anne Wilkinson carried out a search (as shown in the AIS plot below) but having found no sign of a missing person was released by Coastguard at around 18:30 and returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 19:00.
RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) and RNLB Frank and Anne Wilkinson (relief Tamar 16-06) were launched at the request of UK Coastguard within minutes of each other late this afternoon (Tuesday 20th June) to two separate incidents.
The Norman Harvey launched at 17:50 to a 25ft sports motor cruiser (Musn't Grumble) with two crew that had run aground on the Bembridge Ledge off Paddock Drive and badly damaged her outdrive, and the Frank and Anne Wilkinson at 17:55 to a 33 foot motor cruiser (Offshore Rebel) with 4 crew that had broken down approximately 15 nm SE of Bembridge. Having successfully towed Mustn't Grumble back into deeper water, the Norman Harvey towed her to the Visitors Pontoon in Bembridge Harbour where they were met by the harbour staff and local Coastguard team; she then returned to Lane End and was recovered by 18:50.
The Frank and Anne Wilkinson meanwhile reached Offshore Rebel at around 18:25 and took her under tow to the entrance of Langstone Harbour where she was handed over to Portsmouth's Atlantic 85, RNLB Norma T (B-846) at around 20:00. The Frank and Anne Wilkinson then returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 20:30.
Following a MayDay Relay call from Yacht "Indiana", RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar 16-17) was launched at the request UK Coastguard at around 12:51 today to assist a 35 foot yacht "Tia Tetra" with 2 crew that had lost her mast approximately 9 nm south east of the Station.
Having reached the dismasted yacht at around 13:10, the Alfred Albert Williams transferred a member of her crew to assist the crew of the yacht sort things out. Once this had been achieved the crew member was recovered back to the Alfred Albert Williams using the Y-boat and the yacht proceeded under her own power to Chichester (escorted by the "Indiana").
The Alfred Albert Williams then returned to Bembridge and was rehoused by 14:30.