Bembridge RNLI inshore and all-weather lifeboats called into action.

Lifeboats News Release

The Bembridge inshore lifeboat 'Norman Harvey' and all-weather lifeboat 'Frank and Anne Wilkinson' were launched within minutes of each other yesterday (Tuesday 20 June) to two seperate incidents.

AIS track of RNLB Norman Harvey

RNLI/Mike Samuelson

RNLB Norman Harvey's AIS track

Following a request from the UK Coastguard, the Norman Harvey launched at 5.50pm to a 25ft sports motor cruiser (Musn't Grumble) with two crew on board that had run aground and badly damaged her outdrive on the Bembridge Ledge off Paddock Drive.

Just five minutes later the Frank and Anne Wilkinson, a Tamar class all-weather lifeboat from the RNLI's reserve fleet, launched at 5.55pm to a 33 foot motor cruiser (Offshore Rebel) with four crew on board that had broken down approximately fifteen nautical miles SE of Bembridge.

Having successfully towed Mustn't Grumble back into deeper water, the Norman Harvey towed her to the visitors pontoon in Bembridge Harbour where they were met by the harbour staff and local Coastguard team; she then returned to the lifeboat station at Lane End Road and was recovered by 18:50pm.

The Frank and Anne Wilkinson meanwhile reached Offshore Rebel at around 18:25pm and took her under tow to the entrance of Langstone Harbour where she was handed over to RNLI Portsmouth Lifeboat Station's Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat at around 20:00pm. The Frank and Anne Wilkinson then returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 20:30pm.


AIS track of RNLB Frank and Anne Wilkinson

RNLI/Mike Samuelson

RNLB Frank and Anne Wilkinson's AIS track

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