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March 2020

31st March

Bembridge RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat launched to assist in locating a member of the public in the Culver area.
 
RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778 Inshore Lifeboat) was launched earlier this evening (6.40pm) at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist in locating a member of the public who had initially been reported at the bottom of Culver Cliffs. In view of the conditions, F5 NE and a lumpy sea, RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was also paged but then stood down by UK (Solent) Coastguard prior to launching.
 
On arrival at Culver at around 6.55pm, the Norman Harvey was stood down by the Coastguard following the news that the person was safely with the Police at the top of the cliffs. The Norman Harvey therefore returned to Lane End and was recovered by 7.15pm.
 

14th March

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat launches to investigate the report of a small upturned wooden boat halfway between Bembridge & Selsey
 
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard at around around 07:40 this morning to investigate the report of a small upturned wooden blue hulled boat that had been reported over an hour earlier halfway between Selsey & Bembridge.
 
As conditions were pretty benign (SW F3) it only took them 10 minutes to reach the reported location; having initially not spotted anything, they undertook a search of the area as directed by the Coastguard.
 
Having not found anything after 5 search 'legs' had been completed, UK (Solent) Coastguard stood the 'Alfred Albert Williams' down and she returned to Bembridge. She was recovered by 09:45.
 

12th March

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat launches to a hiker cut off by the tide in the Ventnor area

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard at around around 12:50 this afternoon to go to the assistance of a hiker who had been cut off by the tide on a beach to the west of Ventnor. 

In the event, they only got just past Dunose Point when they were stood down after the  Coastguard helicopter (which originally had not been available) managed to pick the hiker up and take him to a place of safety.  The Alfred Albert Williams then returned to the Boathouse and was successfully recovered by 13:50.  Conditions offshore were very lumpy (the wind was gusting 30 - 40 knots from the west) so the recovery was challenging!