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Yacht family assisted in first rescue of 2017 for Bembridge RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A family of four received help from Bembridge RNLI lifeboats on Monday (2 January), in the first launch of the year for the volunteer lifeboat crew.

Bembridge RNLI assist the family on board the yacht 'Go Crazy'


Bembridge RNLI assist the family on board the yacht 'Go Crazy'

Both the inshore and the all weather lifeboats were launched at the request of the UK Coastguard after a yacht with four people on board ran aground.

The all weather lifeboat, Alfred Albert Williams, was launched just after 4pm to assist the 29ft sailing yacht ‘Go Crazy’, with two adults and two young children on board. The yacht had run aground just outside Bembridge Harbour having gone the wrong side of No 11 buoy on a falling tide.

Attempts were made to tow the yacht back into the channel, however this was aborted after it became clear that the lifeboat was in danger of running aground herself in the narrow channel.

The crew decided to launch the smaller ‘Y boat’ – a smaller lifeboat stored on the Alfred Albert Williams - was then launched and the yacht's crew were transferred to the main lifeboat and taken back to the lifeboat station. In the meantime, the inshore lifeboat, Norman Harvey, had been launched and the crew were able to make sure that the yacht was secure and lay out an anchor.

Both lifeboats were recovered by 5.30pm. The two young children and their mother were taken by Bembridge RNLI’s John Keyworth to Ryde to catch the ferry back to the mainland, while the skipper of the yacht was given a lift by Mike Samuelson to the Duver where he was placed aboard and waited for that night's high water.

Arrangements were made for the inshore lifeboat to launch at 11pm that night to stand by the yacht as she was refloated and to escort her back into Bembridge.

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The volunteer crew on board the inshore lifeboat make their way back to the all weather lifeboat


The volunteer crew on board the inshore lifeboat make their way back to the all weather lifeboat
The yacht 'Go Crazy'


The yacht 'Go Crazy'

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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