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!