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June 2021

27th June

Bembridge RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat launched at 6.15pm this evening to assist the Bembridge CG Rescue Team evacuate a casualty with a badly injured ankle from the south of Priory Bay to Bembridge Lifeboat Station.

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-Class Inshore Lifeboat 778) was launched at 6.15pm this evening at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist the Bembridge CG Rescue Team evacuate a female casualty who had a badly injured ankle from the southern end of Priory Bay to the access road in Seagrove Bay (subsequently changed to the Lifeboat Station) to await an Ambulance.  

Although there was still quite a lumpy sea from last night's strong easterly breeze, it did not take them long to reach the area of the casualty who was then stretchered down (it was low water) to the Norman Harvey.   Once safely aboard (7.15pm), the ILB made her way to Lane End where the casualty was handed over to the Ambulance Service and the Norman Harvey was recovered by 7.45pm.

12th-13th June

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat launched at 7.20pm on Saturday evening to assist Selsey RNLI in the search for a missing kayaker off Selsey Bill.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 7.20pm yesterday evening to assist in the search for a missing kayaker off Selsey Bill.  It is understood that a two person kayak had capsized at 3.30pm; one kayaker was recovered safely by a jet ski but the other, who was wearing a red buoyancy aid, was missing.  Apparantly the two kayakers had become seperated after swimming for 90 minutes. 

As sea conditions were pretty benign it did not take the Alfred Albert Williams long to reach the designated area and begin their search.  In the absence of any sightings by any of the assets searching (which included a Coastguard helicopter (Rescue 175), two CG fixed wing aircraft, Selsey RNLI's Shannon (13-20) or their ILB (D827), and Littlehampton RNLIs Atlantic 85 (B891)), the Alfred Albert Williams was re-tasked at 10.45pm to carry out a shore line search east of Pagham.

Having been relieved by Hayling RNLI's Atlantic 85 (B-829) at around 4.30am this morning, the Alfred Albert Williams returned to the Offshore Boathouse and was re-housed by 4.50am after a 9 hour shout.

Afternote:  It is with great sadness that we have to report the follow-up news that a body was found early this morning (Sunday 13th June) by a local fishing boat not far from Selsey. Local Police report that it is believed to be Shane Davies, the missing kayaker.

Our thoughts are with Shane's family at thisincredibly difficult time.

Photos by Colin Hawes of RNLB Alfred Albert Williams being recovered after the all night search.

  

9th June

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat launched at 11:03am this morning to assist a 34ft motor cruiser with 2 crew that had reported an engine fire just North of No Mans Land Fort.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at at 11.03am this morning at the request of UK (Solent) Coast Guard to assist a 34' Fairline motor cruiser with 2 crew located in the main shipping channel just North of No Mans Land Fort that had reported an engine fire.  As sea conditions were pretty benign it did not take the Alfred Albert Williams long to reach the casualty vessel.  The mechanic was put on board and found it was an over heating engine.  Once it was confirmed that their second engine was fine, the mechanic transferred back to the lifeboat which then escorted her for a short while as she headed back to their home port of Chichester.  The Alfred Albert Williams then returned to the Offshore Boathouse and was re-housed by 12.01pm.

Photos by Ken Ratcliffe

 

8th June

Bembridge RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat launched at 1.27pm this afternoon to assist a 45ft sailing yacht that had run aground on the Bembridge Ledge.

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-Class Inshore Lifeboat 778) was launched at 1.27pm this afternoon at the requeUK (Solent) CG to assist a 45ft sailing yacht with 5 crew that had run aground at around 1.15pm on the Bembridge Ledge opposite the Crab and Lobster pub.   Two of the crew went into the water inadvertently and were recovered back aboard by a passing RIB.   It obviously did not take long for the Norman Harvey to reach the yacht but by that time she was well aground.  Having kedged the anchor, all the crew were taken to the beach where the Bembridge CG Rescue Team met them.    The Norman Harvey was then recovered by 2.45pm.

The current plan is that the Norman Harvey will probably re-launch at around 8.30pm to assist in re-floating the yacht.   RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar Class All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) will be out training this evening and may well stand by if required.

Afternote:  The Norman Harvey launched at 8pm and having picked the yacht crew up from the beach at Forelands took them back to the yacht which refloated on the incoming tide and they motored back towards the Hamble.   The ILB rehoused by 9.30pm.

Photos and video (https://youtu.be/-SpFYC5x-q0) with thanks to the Island Echo.

 

6th June

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat launched at 7.20pm this evening to assist a 35ft single handed yacht that was becalmed (and engine had failed) on the edge of the shipping lane off St Catherine's Point.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 7.20pm at the request of UK (Solent) CG to assist a blue hulled 35ft yacht with one crew onboard that was becalmed (and her engine had failed) on the edge of the shipping lane to the S of St Catherine's Point having set off from Studland heading for Chichester.  Conditions were pretty benign so it only took them just over half an hour to reach the casualty.  

After a brief discussion with the skipper a tow to Bembridge was set up.   Averaging 6.1 knots it took them until 10.45pm to reach the harbour and get the yacht berthed with assistance from members of the Bembridge CG Rescue team. 

The Alfred Albert Williams then returned to the Offshore Boathouse and was recovered by 11.10pm. 

Photos by Dawn Hodge