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July 2020

29th July

Bembridge RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat launched following the report of a swimmer in difficulty off Forelands.

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778 Inshore Lifeboat) was launched at around 6.40pm this evening at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard following the report of a swimmer possibly in difficulty off Forelands.  Having  carried out four line searches between the Lifeboat Station and Black Rock without spotting anyone in trouble the Norman Harvey was released, returned to Lane End and was  recovered by 7.15pm.   Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team conducted a beach search with similar results.

28th July

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat and Inshore Lifeboat assist two crew of a dinghy spotted in difficulty close to St Helens Fort yesterday (28th July) afternoon.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) and RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778 Inshore Lifeboat) launched twice (3pm & 7pm) yesterday for training.   During the afternoon session (c4pm) the Alfred Albert Williams was exercising in the vicinity of St Helens Fort when the Coxswain spotted a dinghy had capsized with 2 people in the water.  
 
The Y boat was relaunched and the two crew from the dinghy were placed aboard the lifeboat while the dinghy itself was sorted out.   At that point a yacht reported loss of steering off Ryde Sands, so UK (Solent) Coastguard were asked to task the Norman Harvey to take over the dinghy incident in case the Alfred Albert Williams was required to assist the yacht.
 
The Norman Harvey arrived approximately 6 minutes later and took the two dinghy crew ashore.   Having ascertained that the yacht off Ryde no longer was in danger, the Alfred Albert Williams stood by the dinghy until the Norman Harvey returned and towed it back to Lane End.   Both boats then continued with their training.
 
The track pictures reflect all activity yesterday.   Photo by Paul Butler.
 

22nd July

Bembridge RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat launched to assist a disabled 6.5m RIB with 4 people onboard that had suffered an engine fire to the east of Priory Bay.

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778 Inshore Lifeboat) was launched this evening at 9.05pm at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist a 6.5m RIB from the mainland with 4 crew onboard that was disabled and at anchor to the east of Priory Bay following an engine fire. 

The Norman Harvey did not take long to reach the disabled RIB and having checked that the fire was out and that the engine was safe, set up a tow into Bembridge Harbour.   Having safely berthed the RIB alongside on Visitors Pontoon and after liaising with the Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team, the Norman Harvey returned to Lane End and was recovered by 10.00pm. 

Photo by the Island Echo

 

20th July

Bembridge RNLI's All-Weather Lifeboat tows a 25 foot angling boat to Langstone Harbour after her engine had failed in the vicinity of the Nab Tower.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 2.15pm this afternoon at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist a 25ft angling boat from Langstone Harbour with four people onboard that had broken down in the vicinity of the Nab Tower.   Visibility was good, the wind was F3 from the SSEast and the sea conditions were slight.

The Alfred Albert Williams reached the angling boat at 2.30pm and having ascertained that the outboard engine could not be repaired in situ, set up a tow to Langstone Harbour.   After safely securing the boat alongside the Hayling Ferry pontoon at around 16:00, the Alfred Albert Williams then returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 4.45pm.

Photos by John Attrill & James Pink

  18th July

Bembridge RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat launched to rescue a teenager and her father who had been reported as being in difficulty in the water off Nodes Point.

After a cancelled launch earlier in the afternoon, RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778 Inshore Lifeboat) was subsequently launched at just after 7pm yesterday (Saturday) at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to rescue a teenage girl who was being blown out to sea off Nodes Point in an inflatable and her father who was seen swimming after her.

It did not take the crew long to reach the area and to find that both had managed to make their own way safely ashore. The Norman Harvey therefore returned to Lane End and was recovered by 7.45pm.

17th July

Bembridge RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat launched to search for a person possibly in difficulty in the water between Lane End and Whitecliff Bay. 

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778 Inshore Lifeboat) was launched at around 6.30pm this evening following a "care for concern" report relating to the safety of a potentially vulnerable man.  While the Norman Harvey searched from the Lane End to Culver/Red Cliff for a person in the water, Bembridge and Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Teams carried out a beach search.  

During the first sweep the Norman Harvey came across a yacht aground on the Ledge with two  people on board.  Having assisted setting an anchor (it was a rising tide), she continued her search.   Having not found anyone in the water in difficulty she was released at 7.50pm.

13th July

Bembridge RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat launched to recover an 18 foot angling boat that had run aground in the vicinity of Black Rock the previous day (Sunday). 

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778 Inshore Lifeboat) was paged earlier this afternoon at just before 5pm and launched at 5.07pm on a pre-arranged task to recover an 18ft Warrior Angling boat that had run aground yesterday (Sunday) in the vicinity of Black Rock with the owner, his 8-year old son and their dog onboard.  The boat had only recently been purchased and had left Langstone Harbour earlier in the day.  Having failed to get off on this morning's high water, the owner, his son and their dog were encouraged to return home to the mainland earlier today and to leave the boat's recovery to us.   After waiting about half an hour for the tide to make sufficiently, the Norman Harvey was able to successfully recover the boat, tow her into Bembridge Harbour and put her alongside the Visitors Pontoon.   She then returned to Lane End and was recovered by 6.45pm.  Photo by Bembridge CRT.

7th July

Bembridge RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat launched to assist an 8m RIB with 5 crew that had broken down south of No Mans Land Fort. 

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778 Inshore Lifeboat) was paged at earlier this evening at 7.15pm and launched at 7.28pm at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to locate an 8m white RIB with 5 crew on board that had broken down between St Helens Fort and No Mans Land Fort.  Although quite lumpy in the WSW Force 4 breeze, it did not take them long to reach the RIB and establish a tow towards Bembridge Harbour.  Despite Low Water being at 7.08pm (1.1m) they were able to make the Visitors Pontoon without undue difficulty and berthed the RIB alongside safely.  Having liaised with the local Coastguard team the Norman Harvey returned to Lane End and was recovered by 8.30pm.