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May 2020

17th May

Cancelled launch -  (from Bembridge Community Facebook page) "My Husband and I own That’ll Do, we have tens of thousands of sea miles logged but sometimes unforeseen circumstances happen. Even the best prepared boat and with a full set of up to date charts things can still go wrong. The coastguard didn’t have to rescue us nor the RNLI.

We do very much appreciate the assistance of Bob on fishing vessel My Way out of Bembridge.  Thanks Bob, really appreciated.

16th May

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat assists local Coastguard teams locate a missing walker in the Culver area.

Prior to recovering after escorting the 20 foot powerboat that had run aground earlier in the day on Bembridge Ledge into Bembridge Harbour, RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All--Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was re-tasked by UK (Solent) Coastguard to the Culver area to assist local Coastguard teams to locate a walker who had been reported as missing and was possibly in difficulty getting to safety as the tide was coming in.  Having made their way to the Yaverland side of the cliffs they spotted the walker who was making his way slowly up towards the Coastguard teams.  As the Alfred Albert Williams was therefore no longer required, she was stood down by UK (Solent) Coastguard and returned to the Boathouse.  She was recovered by 7:30pm.

Photo of Culver area where the walker was spotted was taken by Dom Green.

 

16th May

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat escorts the 20 foot powerboat that ran aground earlier today on the Bembridge Ledge into Bembridge Harbour.

Although a bit earlier than originally planned, RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) launched at about 5.15pm to recover the 20 foot powerboat that had run aground on the Bembridge Ledge this morning.   Once in the vicinity of the anchored boat, the Y-boat was launched and two crew members were transferred to the powerboat.  Having successfully started her engine and recovered the anchor, they then made their way into Bembridge Harbour escorted by the Alfred Albert Williams.  Before the Y-boat was recovered she was diverted to assist a kitesurfer who had been reported to be in difficulty off Paddock Drive; however by the time they got there, the kitesurfer, assisted by two windsurfers had made it safely almost back to the beach.

Prior to recovering, the Alfred Albert Williams was diverted to another incident.  Further information will reported in due course.

    

16th May

Bembridge RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat launched to assist five crew members of a 20 foot powerboat that had run aground on the Bembridge Ledge.

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778 Inshore Lifeboat) was launched at just after 11.00am this morning at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist the crew of a 20ft powerboat that had run aground on Bembridge Ledge.  It obviously did not take long for the Norman Harvey to reach the stranded boat that had four adults and a child onboard.  The boat had run aground at slow speed so there were no injuries or apparent damage to the boat itself.    As it was almost high and dry the Norman Harvey took the crew back to the Station to wait for the tide to come back in (LW Portsmouth 13:05 1.9m).  

Rather than risk having the powerboats's crew walk back out to their boat and waiting for the tide to come in, the current plan is to launch RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) at around 6pm to recover the powerboat to Bembridge Harbour.  The Norman Harvey was recovered by 11.45am.

 

15th May

Bembridge RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat launched to assist in locating one, possibly two casualties who had been injured on the cliff between Seagrove & Priory Bays.
 
RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778 Inshore Lifeboat) was launched at just after 6pm this evening at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist the local Coastguard teams locate one, possibly two casualties who had injured themselves on the cliff between Seagrove & Priory Bays. Conditions were calm and they reached the area by 6.10pm.
 
In the event there was only one casualty who was initially being treated by the paramedics and was then taken by the Coastguard team, with assistance from the lifeboat crew to a Coastguard helicopter (Rescue 163) that had landed on Priory Beach. He was subsequently medivaced to hospital in Southampton. The Norman Harvey then returned to Lane End and was recovered by 8pm.
 
On scene photos by Fred Milne
 
Postscript:  a member of the casualties family posted on Facebook that he was not as badly injured as first thought and had not broken anything.
 
   

8th May

Bembridge RNLI’s Lifeboats launched to recover a casualty located in the area of the Nostrils between Whitecliff Bay & Yaverland.

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778 Inshore Lifeboat) was launched at 4pm and RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) at 4.10pm at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to recover a casualty who had been located by the local Coastguard team in the area of the Nostrils between Whitecliff Bay & Yaverland. Once recovered both boats returned to Bembridge Lifeboat Station to await the Police & the Coroners representative. Both boats were recovered by 5.30pm.

  

7th May

Bembridge RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat launched to assist locate a missing person in the Culver area.

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778 Inshore Lifeboat) was launched earlier this evening (8.50pm) at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist the Police, local Coastguard teams & Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat in locating a missing member of the public thought possibly to be in the area of Culver Cliffs.
 
As conditions were very benign she did not take long to reach the search area. With darkness falling, the Norman Harvey carried out a thorough search of the shoreline from Whitecliff Bay to Yaverland and returned back further offshore. With no sign of the missing person, she was released and returned to Lane End. She was recovered by 10.10pm.