Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat searches off St Catherine's Point

Lifeboats News Release

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 4.47am at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to conduct a shoreline search from one mile East of St Catherine's Point to one mile West for 'anything untoward following a spoken word Mayday' that had been picked up

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams silhouetted in the sun rise

RNLI/Mike Samuelson

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams about to recover on returning to Bembridge

on their Boneface Down aerial on VHF Channel 16. The Alfred Albert Williams reached the search area at 5.15am and having conducted a sweep of the designated search area in quite lumpy conditions and found nothing of any significance she was released by UK (Solent) Coastguard at 6.00am and returned to Bembridge. She was recovered by 6.45am.

Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team carried out a search of the same area from the shore with similar results.

On his return, Guy Willing, Coxswain of Bembridge Lifeboat, said 'As the information that the Coastguard had picked up was pretty sparse, the only way of being sure that no one was actually in need of immediate assistance was to carry out a search of the most likely area the Mayday might have been sent from. Although in this case nothing was found, we would much prefer to be safe than sorry.'

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RNLB Alfred Albert Williams on the slipway silhouetted in the sun rise

RNLI/Mike Samuelson

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams back on the slipway at Bembridge
AIS track of RNLB Alfred Albert Williams superimposed on a map of the Isle of Wight

AIS track of RNLB Alfred Albert Williams

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