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September 2019

19th September

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat assists in a search for a 7-year old Doberman missing in the vicinity of Bonchurch/Luccombe cliffs.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched earlier this afternoon (4:03pm) at the request of UK (Solent Coastguard) to assist in a search for a 7-year old Doberman dog that had gone missing in the area of Luccombe/Bonchurch cliffs. Ventnor & Bembridge CRTs were already searching at it was hoped that the dog would be spotted by the crew of the 'Alfred Albert Williams' in the thick undergrowth so that the Coastguard team could effect a rescue.

Having reached the area and carried out a first pass search, the Y-boat was launched from the Alfred Albert Williams with two members of the crew onboard who then went ashore to see if they could find any sign of the dog. When it became apparent that the undegrowth was too dense to spot very much they returned to the Alfred Albert Williams.

After two hours the search was called off and the Alfred Albert Williams returned to Bembridge. Just before they got back the Ventnor CRT reported that the dog had been found and was believed to be fit & well. The Alfred Albert Williams; was recovered by 6.30pm.

On-scene photos by Dom; Washing down by Mike.

  

 

14th September

Bembridge RNLI's Inshore and All Weather Lifeboats tow a 27 foot motor cruiser back to Portsmouth.
 
'RNLB Norman Harvey' (D-Class Inshore Lifeboat 778) was launched at around 8.30pm this evening at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist a 27 foot motor cruiser with three crew onboard whose engine had 'blown up' about three quarters of a mile east of the Station.
 
It did not take the 'Norman Harvey' long, under a full moon and gentle Southerly breeze, to reach the motor cruiser and take her under tow towards Bembridge Harbour.  However, on reaching the area of the Offshore Boathouse it was decided to launch 'RNLB Alfred Albert Williams' (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) to tow the vessel back to her home port of Portsmouth. The handover was quickly carried out and the 'Norman Harvey' was recovered by 9.30pm.
 
The 'Alfred Albert Williams' reached Portsmouth by 10.15pm and having safely berthed the motor cruiser alongside at Gosport Marina (where they met by the Hillhead Coastguard Rescue Team) she returned to Bembridge and was recovered by just after 11pm.
 
Photo by Fred Milne
 

4th September

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat tows 35 foot sailing yacht into Portsmouth Harbour.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17)was launched just after midday at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist a 35 foot sailing yacht with two crew onboard that had lost all power and was in the shipping channel to the North East of the Station.   

 
It did not take them long to reach the yacht and establish a tow to Haslar Marina.   Having berthed her safely alonside one of Marina pontoons, the Alfred Albert Williams returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 3.10pm.  The yacht was apparently sailing round UK and was on her way to the East Coast.  Photo by Guy Willing.
 
 

 

2nd September

Bembridge RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat investigates a report of someone being stuck at the bottom of Culver Cliff

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778 Inshore Lifeboat) was launched earlier this afternoon at just after 3pm at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to investigate a report received from the public that someone was stuck at the bottom of the cliff at the eastern end of Yaverland beach. 

The Norman Harvey did not take long to locate the person concerned who advised that he was fine and in no difficulty.    Having satisfied themselves that he was indeed not in any difficulty, the Norman Harvey returned to Lane End and was recovered by 3.50pm.

1st September

Bembridge RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat assists in an incident involving four kayakers off Luccombe.

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778 Inshore Lifeboat) was launched earlier this afternoon (c3.40pm) at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist in an incident involving four kayakers and two employees of the kayak rental firm based on Shanklin beach who had got into difficulties. 

By the time the Norman Harvey reached the area off Luccombe, all six people were in the process of being landed back ashore after a local fishing boat and some Jet Skiis had come to their assistance.  Having liaised with Ventnor CG team and after carrying out a check search to ensure that no one else was in difficulty, the Norman Harvey was stood down by Solent Coastguard and returned to Lane End.  She was recovered by 5.15pm.

1st September

Both of Bembridge RNLI’s Lifeboats launched to investigate a report of an unmanned Jet Ski drifting in Sandown Bay.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) & RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778 Inshore Lifeboat) were launched earlier this evening (at around 8.15pm) at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to investigate a report of a unmanned Jet Ski that had been sighted drifting in Sandown Bay.  

It did not take long for both boats to reach the area locate the Jet Ski that was found to be on an anchor.  With the light fading, a search for the driver was then begun but subsequently cancelled when the local CG team ashore found out that the Jet Ski belonged to the owners of the Beach Bar who kept it afloat when conditions allowed.   Both boats then returned to Bembridge and were recovered by 9.30pm.