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June 2020

30th June

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat launches to help search for a boat possibly located SE of the Station following a relayed Pan-Pan call.
 
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard at 3.30pm this afternoon to conduct a search for a boat Sunbeam III (type, size and number of crew unknown) possibly located 5nm SE of the Station following a relayed Pan-Pan call by a passing RN warship. Weather conditions were overcast with drizzle in a F5 WSW'erly breeze; visibility was initially poor.
 
It did not take them long to reach the start of the search area and having completed the required search pattern without spotting anything of significance, the Alfred Albert Williams was re-tasked at 5.48pm to switch to a shore line search from Luccombe to Culver Down and subsequently 1nm to the South. However, having just started the offshore leg and with nothing found Solent Coastguard called off the search and she was released at 6.10pm and returned to Bembridge.
 
However, prior to recovering, she was requested by UK (Solent) Coastguard to check out a 30 foot blue hulled yacht in the vicinity of Priory Bay which had been reported with possibly no crew onboard. Having confirmed that the yacht Chiara was on a mooring and no one was onboard, the Alfred Albert Williams returned to the Offshore Boathouse and was recovered by 6.45pm.
 
Local Coastguard Teams & the Coastguard helicopter (Rescue 175) were also involved in the search for Sunbeam III.
 
 

28th June

Bembridge RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat launched to assist an inflatable with 3 people onboard being blown out to sea towards St Helens Fort by the strong offshore breeze. 

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778 Inshore Lifeboat) was paged at 3.26pm and launched only 5 minutes later at 3.31pm this afternoon at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to locate a blue inflatable with 3 people onboard that was being blown offshore from St Helens beach towards St Helens Fort in the F5 SSW'erly breeze.  However, before reaching the area the local Coastguard team, who had already reached St Helens beach by road, advised that the inflatable had managed to get back to shore safely and that the 3 people were fine.   The Norman Harvey therefore returned to Lane End and was recovered by 4pm.  

27th June

Bembridge RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat launched to rescue a kayaker who was being blown out to sea towards St Helens Fort by the strong offshore breeze. 

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778 Inshore Lifeboat) was launched at 1.41pm this afternoon at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to locate a kayak with 1 female onboard that had been reported as being blown offshore towards St Helens Fort in the F5 SSW'erly breeze. 

It did not take long for the Norman Harvey to reach the area and locate what turned out to be 2 kayaks tied together (a black inflatable & a blue rigid one) and the 1 paddler.   Having got her safely onboard, they towed the kayaks to Silver Sands Beach to meet up with the local CG team and the other members of her party.  The Norman Harvey then returned to Lane End and was recovered by 2.20pm.

   

11th June

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat launches to medivac a crew member from the Antarctic Cruise ship Ocean Diamond.
 
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard at 10.50pm this evening to medivac a crew member from the Antarctic Cruise ship 'Ocean Diamond' located in the St Helens Anchorage just to the north of the Station.
 
It did not take long to reach the vessel and arrange for the transfer via the port pilot hatch of the casualty who was able to walk with assistance. Once safely onboard he was taken to Portsmouth Camber and transferred to an ambulance.
 
The Alfred Albert Williams then returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 00.30am. Sea conditions were quite lumpy mid-Solent in the F5 NE breeze.
 
Library photo of Ocean Diamond
 
  

11th June

Bembridge RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat launched to investigate a report of someone possibly in trouble off Seagrove Bay
 
RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778 Inshore Lifeboat) was launched at around 7pm this evening at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to investigate a report of something/someone (possibly a kite surfer or kayaker) in trouble off Seagrove Bay.
 
Although sea conditions were quite lumpy in the F4/5 Easterly breeze, it did not take long to reach the area and ascertain that the object that had been reported was in fact an orange kayak securely attached to a mooring.
 
Having concluded that no one was in danger, the Norman Harvey was released by UK (Solent) Coastguard and returned to Lane End. She was recovered by 7.30pm.