UPDATED: A boat has run aground at the entrance to Bembridge Harbour this afternoon (Monday), prompting the launch of 2 local lifeboats.

Bembridge RNLI are currently alongside a red and white yacht that has come to an abrupt stop on a sandbank, resulting in a slight list.

Solent Coastguard requested the launch of the Bembridge’s All Weather Lifeboat (ALB) at just before 16:00, however, it has determined by the volunteer crew that the smaller D-class inshore lifeboat is required.

2 lifeboat crew members are now aboard the casualty vessel, with the D-class lifeboat standing off. The larger ALB has taken the yacht’s crew to safety and has re-housed at Bembridge Lifeboat Station.

UPDATE TUESDAY – The 29ft yacht ‘Go Crazy’, which had 2 adults and 2 children on board, refloated at just after midnight.

Bembridge’s D-class lifeboat relaunched at around 23:30 and stood by the stricken yacht until she refloated at 00:30. ‘Go Crazy’ was safely moored up alongside the Duver Marina by 00:50.

The incident is the first breaking news story of 2017, almost exactly a year after a boat run aground in the same location marking the first story of 2016.

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