Boat House Open 2 - 4pm Daily - Free to enter
Our station is situated at the eastern end of the Isle of Wight, overlooking two of the busiest ports in the UK, the largest cruise ship terminal and the second largest container and ferry port in the UK
Established in 1867, our station has two lifeboats and is operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, thanks to the commitment of over 40 volunteers.
Lane End, Bembridge, PO35 5TD
For out-of-hours visits please contact us **Please note there is a Council-owned pay and display car park on-site**
11:00 – 16:00
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 6.13pm this evening (New Years day - Monday 1 January 2024) at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to locate and assist a 72 foot ex-round the world training yacht that was on her way back to Portsmouth from Poole with 6 crew onboard - that had reported her engine had failed and she was taking in some water south of Gilkicker Point.
Gosport & Fareham Inshore Lifeboat was already on scene and had transferred one of their crew onboard the yacht. It did not take the Alfred Albert Williams long to reach yacht and having assessed the options it was decided to put her under tow to Gosport Marina (subsequently changed to Gunwharf Marina).
Conditions were very challenging in the Force 7 gusting Force 8 WSW'erly and heavy rain. Once inside Portsmouth Harbour the astern tow was changed to an alongside tow and having safely berthed the yacht alongside at Gunwharf, the Alfred Albert Williams returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 8.30 pm.
Special thanks to Gosport & Fareham Inshore Lifeboat.
As a follow-on from yesterday's shout 03/01/24, RNLB Norman Harvey (D Class Inshore Lifeboat D-778) was launched at 9.55 am this morning (Thursday 4th January 2024) at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist the Police and local Coastguard Rescue Teams (Bembridge and Ventnor) searching for the missing person. After an initial search of the immediate area by the Norman Harvey and local Coastguard Rescue Team members, a joint wading search was conducted with the Norman Harvey providing safety cover. Members of Bembridge RNLI's All-Weather Lifeboat crew were also deployed in dry suits. Conditions were pretty benign and the neap tide was just on the turn (LW Portsmouth 09:50 - 1.9m).
It was initially dry but as the morning wore on, drizzle was followed by heavy rain showers.
At 1.10 pm the Hampshire Marine Police RIB Protector with an underwater camera arrived on scene.
Unfortunately visibility underwater was very poor, so after a preliminary inconclusive search it was decided to call it off and all assets were released. The Norman Harvey was recovered by 2.45 pm.
Do come and watch our training launches. Check our 'What's on" page for up-to-date information.
Our shops are run by volunteers and all profits go towards saving lives at sea. Our shop relies on the dedication of our fantastic volunteers.
The Guild carries out various fundraising activities, looks after the station shop, provides "visitor" cover for the Offshore Boathouse and guides for the numerous school and youth group visits each year.
Check out our team and think if you'd like to be a part of it. Full training is given. Lots of positions available. You don't need to go to the sea if you don't want to.
Knowing the local area is key to being safe.
In Bembridge, we have what's known as the Bembridge ledge.
Always ensure your equipment is in good order. For more information, please contact our Water Safety Officer.
If anything, you see here sounds appealing and you'd like to get involved, please contact us.