COASTGUARD AND LIFEBOAT TEAMS IN SEARCH FOR FORT WALKERS OFF ST HELENS

Bembridge RNLI Lifeboat, alongside Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team, was tasked to locate and assist 2 people who had been reported as being in difficulty returning from walking to St Helens Fort this evening (Friday).

Having launched at just after 20:55, it did not take the crew of the Inshore Lifeboat long to reach the area and conduct a visual search of the surrounds of the Fort, the shingle causeway and Priory Bay area.

Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 175 was also seen to be hovering in the area and to use it’s searchlight to provide serial search capability.

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Whilst they were doing this witnesses had been interviewed by the Coastguard Rescue Team who confirmed that in fact 3 people had been seen walking out to the Fort but that they had returned safely and had headed along the beach towards Seaview.

Having not sighted anything of concern the lifeboat was released and returned to Lane End. She was recovered by 21:40. The Coastguard Rescue Teams stood down shortly afterwards.

If you or someone else is in difficulty on the coast or at sea, or if you spot what you think may be unexploded ordnance, then dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Further safety information can be found at https://coastguardsafety.campaign.gov.uk/.

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