located at the eastern end of the Isle of Wight,
adjacent to the infamous Bembridge Ledge
So far in 2017, the crew have been involved in 44 services (shouts) (29 ALB & 15 ILB) and have rescued or assisted 83 people, 3 dogs, an inflatable swan, 2 inflatable dinghies and a plastic traffic bollard!
The ILB was placed on immediate readiness on Friday morning 14th April but stood down after about an hour and a half following the successful conclusion to an incident on Culver Down. There were cancelled launches on 7th April, 22nd July, 29th July, 26th Aug, 31st Aug & 12th Oct. Both boats launched on Sunday 23rd July to drop off Sir Ben Ainslie & Jono Macbeth at Seaview for the SVYC/RNLI Seaview Guild's Youth event. The ILB provided a presence off St Helens Fort on Wednesday evening 23rd August for the annual "happening". RNLB Alfred Albert Williams attended the naming ceremony for Selsey RNLI's new Shannon Class Lifeboat on Thr 21st Sep. Launched on 27th Sep with IMRF European Lifeboat Crew Exchange (Estonia, Portugal, France, Denmark, Iceland, the Netherlands and Germany).
The most recent ALB shout was on 22nd November 2017. The most recent ILB shout was on 14th October 2017. Click here for details of "shouts">>
In 2016, the crew were involved in 45 services (shouts) (33 ALB & 12 ILB) and have rescued or assisted 77 people. See History Timeline & News for more detail.
In 2015, the crew were involved in 39 services (shouts) (30 ALB & 9 ILB) and rescued or assisted 86 people. See History Timeline & News for more detail.
In 2014 there were 33 shouts (29 ALB & 4 ILB) with 62 people being rescued or assisted. See History Timeline & News for more detail.
In 2013 there were 34 shouts (24 ALB & 10 ILB) with 67 people being rescued or assisted. See History Timeline & News for more detail.
Although changes may be necessary at short notice for operational reasons, the next planned ALB launch is expected to be on:
No training launch planned over Christmas or the New Year at the moment
Offshore Boathouse & Shop Opening Times
As from Monday 30th October, the daily opening times of the Offshore Boathouse & Shop are now 2pm to 4pm.
Stormforce Morning (Saturday 23rd September) & Isle of Wight Day
Fort Walk - 23rd August 2017
HMS Queen Elizabeth - Portsmouth 16th August 2017
(photos kindly by Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue)
Open Day 2017 - Saturday 12th August
A great success - many thanks for all your support
British America's Cup Sailors meeting the Island's Next Generation
(Sunday 23rd July - Sea View Yacht Club)
photos by Harriet Hadfield
photos by Caroline Peel
7th July Shout
Photos by kind permission of Darren Toogood, The Island Echo.
Recent Young Visitors
150 years of Lifesaving at Bembridge
A fantastic day yesterday (Saturday 10th June). I am sure that there will be lots of better photos, particularly of the Ceremony, however I have uploaded the ones that I took to a web album - the link to view is:
Yellow Welly South Coast Relay - Friday 19th May
Although it did not involve a lifeboat, our Coxswain Steve got into the spirit of things on Friday afternoon and transported the "Yellow Welly" from the Lifeboat Station (where it had brought from the ILC in East Cowes by Glynn Ellis), to the Hovercraft Terminal in Ryde for onward movement to Southsea where it was met by members of Portsmouth RNLI.
History of Bembridge Lifeboat (June 2016)
Exciting news, Martin Woodward's fascinating and detailed "History of Bembridge Lifeboat" is available in the Bembridge RNLI shop so do come and buy a copy. A small number of signed copies are available in the Shop.
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar 16-17) launching on Saturday 30th April 2016
photo by John Hendy
Amazing Photos of the Lifeboat Station
Have a look at a few of Jamie Currie's amazing photos of the Lifeboat Station and the surrounding area in the Image Gallery. For a larger selection click here.
Jamie has generously agreed to make a £5.00 donation to the RNLI for any A4 or A3 photos sold and £2.00 for the 10 x 12 photos.
"With lifeboats, lifeguards and safety education the RNLI provides a ring of safety around the UK & ROI"
"With courage, nothing is impossible"
- Sir William Hillary, founder of the RNLI 1824