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May 2021

15th May

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat launched at 9.40pm to help search for an unaccounted kitesurfer off Hayling Island.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 9.40pm this evening at the request of UK (Solent) CG to help search, in conjunction with Hayling CG Rescue Team, Selsey CG Rescue Team, Hayling Island RNLI's B-Class & D-Class lifeboats & two CG helicopters (Rescue 163 & Rescue 175) for a kitesurfer who was unaccounted for off Hayling Island.   Conditions were quite lumpy in the F5 WSW'erly however it did not take them long to reach the designated search area and start the first of 31 legs set by UK (Solent) CG.    With no sign of a casualty the search was reduced (Rescue 175 had been re-tasked to assist Yarmouth RNLI's Severn Class Lifeboat deal with a separate incident off St Catherine's Point)andRNLB Alfred Albert Williams was released at 00.15am and returned to the Offshore Boathouse.   She was recovered by 00.45am.

12th May 2021

Bembridge RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat launched at 10.44am following the report of an unconscious angler onboard a charter angling boat off Seaview.

RNLB Hick's Help (relief D-Class Inshore Lifeboat 780) was launched at 10:44 this morning at the request of UK (Solent) CG to check out an angler on board a 40 foot Charter Angling Boat located off Seaview who had been taken ill (went unconscious) was now feeling better.   Conditions were relatively benign so it it did not take them long to reach the vessel where the casualty was now happily fishing.  Having assessed the casualty and in conjunction with the duty doctor, they recommended that the casualty should be brought ashore to be thoroughly checked over, however as the casualty and the skipper both felt this was unnecessary, the ILB returned to Lane End and was recovered by 11:15.