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October 2020

25th October

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Tamar Lifeboat launched to provide safety cover in support of the actions taken to resolve the Nave Andromeda incident.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at around 4.45pm this evening at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to provide any safety assistance required as the incident involving the tanker Nave Andromeda off Ventnor unfolded.   Selsey's Shannon Class ALB (RNLB Denise and Eric 13-20) was also launched and RV'd with the Alfred Albert Williams in Whitecliff Bay. 

As darkness fell, both boats proceeded closer to the Nave Andromeda in case they were required.  Following the successful resolution to the incident, both lifeboats were released by UK (Solent) Coastguard at 9.22pm; the Alfred Albert Williams was recovered and ready for tasking again by 10.10pm. Conditions off Ventnor were quite lumpy in the F4/F5 SW'erly breeze.

Photo credit- Island Echo

21st October

Bembridge RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat launched at 11:05 this morning to assist in the recovery of a casualty from the Whitecliff Bay area.

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-Class Inshore Lifeboat 778) was launched at 11.05am this morning at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist in the recovery of a casualty who had been found in the Whitecliff Bay area earlier.  It did not take them long to reach the scene and having liaised with the other services present on the beach they took the casualty back to Lane End and handed him over to the appropriate authorities.  The Norman Harvey was recovered by 11:45.

Photos by Colin Hawes