May 2017

26th May

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar 16-17) was requested around 16:55 this afternoon by UK Coastguard to help investigate a MayDay Alert that had been picked up from an 11m French Training Yacht (TY DJOU) south east of St Catherine's Point.    

The Alfred Albert Williams launched at around 17:05 and headed south to the position that the MayDay Alert had given.   A number of other vessels and the CG Helicopter were also involved, however it subsequently transpired that the alert had been sent in error and the yacht, which had set off from Cowes earlier in the day, was in no danger.   As soon as this was confirmed RNLB Alfred Albert Williams returned to Bembridge.  She was rehoused by 18:15.

10th May

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-Class 778) was launched at 16:30 this afternoon at the request of UK Coastguard following a report of a Windsurfer possibly in trouble north of Bembridge Harbour.  

The Norman Harvey was quickly on scene but after a thorough search could find no sign of a windsurfer in difficulty.  After discussing the original report with UK Coastguard, it was concluded that what someone had thought might have been a windsurfer was probably the remains of the 23ft sailing boat that was wrecked to the west of  No 3 Channel buoy last week.   The Norman Harvey then returned to the Lifeboat Station and was recovered by 17:30.

6th May

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-Class 778) was launched at 17:25 this afternoon (6th May) at the request of UK Coastguard to assist the local Coastguard team search for a dog that had gone missing from Culver Down and concern that its owner might run into difficulties looking for it.  

The Norman Harvey was quickly on scene and spotted the dog (a Spaniel) making its way along Whitecliff Bay beach where it was met by the Coastguard team.  The Norman Harvey then returned to Lane End and was recovered by 18:00.

5th May

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-Class 778) was launched at 13:20 this afternoon (5th May) at the request of UK Coastguard to a 23ft sailing yacht with one crew that had run aground to the West of No 3 Bembridge Harbour channel buoy.   

On arriving on scene, they found the yacht hard aground and ascertained that the harbour taxi had already taken the skipper off and taken him into the harbour to wait for the evening tide.  Having done their best to make the yacht secure the Norman Harvey returned back to Lane End and was recovered by 14:45.   

It subsequently appears that with the E'erly breeze (and sea state) increasing on the rising tide that the yacht did not re-float as the skipper had hoped and was holed on the rocks and has sunk.