Busy afternoon for Bembridge RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The All-Weather Lifeboat, 'Frank and Anne Wilkinson' (relief Tamar 16-06) was launched at the request of UK Coastguard at 1.50pm this afternoon to try to locate a possible semi-submerged object.

AIS track of RNLB Feank and Anne Wilkinson

RNLI/Mike Samuelson

AIS track of Frank and Anne Wilkinson (Tamar 16-06) - 23rd August 2017
The launch followed an earlier incident when a 25ft motor boat hit what they thought was a semi-submerged object in the main shipping channel to the north west of No Man's Land Fort. The boat was towed into Portsmouth by an RNLI Shannon lifeboat that was on passage in the area.

After an extensive search (see attached photo of her AIS (automatic identification system) track) and having only found a piece of timber and a plastic traffic bollard, the Frank and Anne Wilkinson returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 5.45pm.

Later that day Bembridge's inshore lifeboat Norman Harvey (D-778) and its volunteer crew launched at around 6.30pm to provide a presence off St Helens Fort for the Isle of Wight's annual 'Fort Walk'.

'Despite the large number of people walking, the annual 'happening' was incident free and the Norman Harvey was recovered by 8pm,' said Bembridge RNLI lifeboat press officer Mike Samuelson. 'Although there were inevitably a number of people who appeared ill prepared for the walk, it was encouraging to see lots of children wearing buoyancy aids, as were a number of dogs!'

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RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) off St Helens Fort - 23rd August 2017

RNLI/Mike Samuelson

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) off St Helens Fort - 23rd August 2017
RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) off St Helens Fort - 23rd August 2017

RNLI/Mike Samuelson

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) off St Helens Fort - 23rd August 2017

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