UPDATED: Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team were tasked to assistance a small angling vessel in the early hours of this morning (Sunday) after the skipper and two friends became disorientated in the dark.
The vessel and its crew had left Bembridge Harbour at lunchtime on Saturday, but had run aground on their return at low tide. They re-floated as the tide came in but by then it was dark and unsure of the correct direction to head, called for assistance via VHF radio.
The call was picked up by the National Maritime Operations Centre resulting in Bembridge Coastguard being tasked to the incident at 01:20, alongside Bembridge RNLI.
The small angling vessel was escorted into Bembridge Harbour by the All Weather Lifeboat ‘Peter and Lesley-Jane Nicholson’ – a temporary vessel for Bembridge – where the Coastguard Rescue Team offered safety advise to the skipper and crew.
Martin Groom, Station Officer for Bembridge Coastguard said:
“Any one heading to sea should always be aware of local tidal conditions and should familiarize themselves with the local area, especially harbour channels and marinas which can dry at low tide”.