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bembridgelifeboatstationsunBembridge RNLI was launched to assist a 36ft yacht with 4 persons on board near the entrance of Bembridge Harbour on Saturday evening after the yacht’s engine stopped working and the anchor started to drag.

Given the weather conditions – a Force 5 Easterly – and a little bit of confusion as to the exact position of the yacht due to a French crew member being unfamiliar with the area, Bembridge’s Inshore Lifeboat (Norman Harvey) was brought to immediate readiness in case the all weather lifeboat (ALB) was able to get into a position to readily assist.

Having arrived on scene and assessed the situation the temporary relief ALB ‘The Frank and Anne Wilkinson’ successfully passed a tow line and the yacht, Arcadia, was pulled clear of the shore to deeper water.

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With insufficient water (flooding tide) to enter Bembridge Harbour and as it was not possible to repair the engine, it was decided to tow the yacht to Portsmouth Harbour. Having completed this, the Frank and Anne Wilkinson returned to Bembridge and was rehoused by 22:00.

Saturday proved to be a busy and long day for the volunteer crew of Bembridge RNLI after launching at just gone 04:00 to assist in the search for a man overboard from the P&O cruise liner Ventura. After 10 hours at sea and more than 170 nautical miles covered, Bembridge RNLI was stood down from the search. Nothing has been found.

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