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Bembridge RNLI Inshore Lifeboat assists in another mud rescue

Lifeboats News Release

RNLB Norman Harvey (Inshore Lifeboat D-778) was launched yesterday evening (Friday 26 May) at 7.23 pm at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist Bembridge and Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Teams extract someone stuck in mud between St Helens Old Church & Priory Bay.

Local Coastguards and RNLB Norman Harvey

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Local Coastguards and RNLB Norman Harvey

Although there was a F4 NNEasterly breeze and a considerable swell, they reached the area by 7.30 pm and identified 3 young people, one of who was stuck in the same area of mud as previous casualties had been rescued.

Leaving a crew member to keep an eye on the male casualty who was stuck in the mud, they initially transported the other two back to St Helens Old Church where the local Coastguards had established a control point. Subsequently they moved a number of Coastguard Rescue & Fire Service mud technicians to the scene along with their equipment. Once the casualty was released, they then ferried everyone back to the Old Church. On completion the muddy crew made their way back to Lane End and were recovered by 10.00 pm.

Helm James Pink said “This really is a treacherous area and I would urge that walkers stay well clear. By following the RNLI Water Safety advice to stick together, we were obviously delighted that the casualty and his friends were brought to safety successfully.”

RNLI media contacts

Mike Samuelson, Bembridge RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07785 593254 or [email protected]

Paul Dunt, RNLI Press Officer London/East/South East) on 0207 6207416, 07785 296252 [email protected]

For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789


Muddy area overlooking Priory Bay

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Muddy area overlooking Priory Bay
AIS track of RNLB Norman Harvey

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AIS track of RNLB Norman Harvey

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