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May 2019

30th May

 'Bembridge RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat launched to assist a swimmer in Seagrove Bay.''

 RNLB Norman Harvey (D Class Inshore Lifeboat 778) was launched this afternoon at about 4.40pm at the request of UK (Solent ) Coastguard to assist a swimmer who had been reported as being in difficulty in Seagrove Bay.

 It did not take long for the Norman Harvey to reach the area by which time the swimmer had managed to reach the shore safely and was 'being given some safety advice' by the Bembridge Coastguard team who had also been tasked.

  The Norman Harvey then returned to Lane End and was recovered by 5.15pm.

 

30th May

'Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat assists in the search for a missing person in the Ventnor area.'

'RNLB Alfred Albert Williams' (Tamar All Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched this morning at 9.50am at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist local Coastguard teams and the Police in the search for a missing person in the Ventnor area.

Having carried out thorough search of the coastline between Ventnor Haven & Steephill Cove (assisted by use of the Y boat) and found nothing, the 'Alfred Albert Williams' was released at 11.05am and returned to Bembridge.

Photo by Ventnor Coastguard team.

  

26th May

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 5.10am this morning at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist a 33ft yacht with 1 crew onboard that had been sailing from the Channel Islands to Langstone and had damaged her steering about 10 nm South of Ventnor.   

The Alfred Albert Williams located the yacht by 5.30am and established a tow to Langstone.  As there was insufficient water for the Alfred Albert Williams to safely make Southsea Marina, the tow was handed over to Portsmouth RNLI south of Langstone and she returned to the Offshore Boathouse and was recovered by 8.15am.

 On their way to Langstone they were escorted by a large (20+) pod of dolphins.

 Photos by James Pink (of the tow) & Dawn Hodge (the accompanying dolphins).

  

24th May

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-Class Inshore Lifeboat D-778) was launched at around 4.30pm this afternoon at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to locate a dinghy reported by a member of the public 'a long way off' Yaverland.  

The Norman Harvey did not take long to reach the area where they found a member of the Shanklin Deep Sea Angling Club in a 16 foot open boat with an outboard anchored a mile off Yaverland happily fishing and not in any trouble.   The Norman Harvey  therefore returned to Lane End and was recovered by 5.30pm.  

Although in the event, it came to nothing, it could have been more serious and the initial report was obviously made with good intent.

4th May

When RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was on her way out of Bembridge harbour early this afternoon having been at Brading Haven YC's 'Push the Boat Out' Open Day, she was tasked by UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist a 36ft yacht with 3 crew onboard that had reported something caught round her prop off Priory Bay.

 As the Alfred Albert Williams was close by, it did not take long to establish a tow and to tow the yacht to the Visitor's Pontoon. Once she was safely berthed, the Alfred Albert Williams returned to the Offshore Boathouse and was recovered by 13:00.

   

  

3rd May

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-Class Inshore Lifeboat 778) was launched at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard at around 11.30 am this morning to assist the Police, local Coastguard Teams, the Coastguard helicopter (Rescue 175) and Sandown Inshore Rescue search for a missing person in the vicinity of Culver Down.
 
After the prolonged search by everyone involved came to nought, the Norman Harvey was released and returned to the Inshore Boathouse; she was recovered by 2pm.
 
Afternote:  the missing person was located safe & well in Ryde/Haven Street