Bembridge RNLI's Inshore Lifeboat (RNLB Norman Harvey) launched this morning to assist a person reported to possibly be in difficulty on Ryde Sands.
RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) was requested earlier this morning by UK (Solent Coastguard) to assist a person reported to be possibly cut off by the tide on Ryde Sands. The Norman Harvey launched at 8.37am and made her way to Ryde Sands to link up with Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team who had also been deployed. Sea conditions were moderate with Chimet showing a South F5, gusting F6 breeze.
Having reached the area at 8.47am and liaised with the Coastguard Rescue Team they were stood down when it transpired that the 'casualty' was in fact an angler who was not in any trouble. The Norman Harvey was therefore released and returned to Lane End and was recovered by 9.20am.
Bembridge RNLI's All-Weather Lifeboat Inshore Lifeboat (RNLB Alfred Albert Williams) launched to assist a 36ft yacht with three people onboard that had lost her steering in Hayling Bay.
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) launched this afternoon at 3.20pm at the request of UK (Solent Coastguard) to assist a 36ft sailing yacht with three crew onboard that had lost steering in Hayling Bay. Hayling Island RNLI's Atlantic 85 had already been launched and were standing by the yacht (that had anchored) but sea conditions were such (SW F6, gusting 27 knots) that the Alfred Albert Williams was judged to be the safest option to tow the yacht into the smoother waters of Chichester Harbour.
Although it did not take the Alfred Albert Williams long to get to the yacht, it did take a bit of time to successfully connect the tow in the metre+ sea. Once clear of the sand banks to the west of the harbour entrance and in calmer conditions, the Alfred Albert Williams handed the tow over to Hayling Island's Atlantic 85 and returned to Bembridge. She was re-housed by 5.30pm.