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HM Coastguard, Bembridge RNLI and the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service are attending an incident at St Helens this evening (Sunday).

Emergency services were called out at around 18:30 when it was reported that a boat had broken down and was heading for the shore at St Helens.

It’s said that the RIB, with 3 persons on board, was motoring out of Bembridge Harbour when it suddenly broke down.

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The boat then hit the rocks on the point.

Paramedics are currently checking over a 10-year-old girl after she swam ashore to raise the alarm, prompting concerns that she may have consumed excess amounts of sea water.

Meanwhile, Bembridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat is towing the casualty vessel out of danger and back into the harbour.

Locals say the boat was only launched earlier today.

UPDATE @ 20:35 – Rescue teams have now stood down from the incident with the vessel safely alongside at Bembridge Harbour visitor pontoon.

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The child and her parents have been given the all clear by paramedics.

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Brave little girl


Very brave, and way above her years, what I can’t understand is why did the parents think it was ok for a ten year old go for help?…

Where the parents injured or irresponsible?..


Clare you have no idea do you !!
Go back under your rock crab face.


No need to be abusive, it was a fair question..



Your irrational, unwarranted undue, excessive, illegitimate, unjust, inordinate, attitude is very perplexing. I’m totally apathetic to anything you have to say, I will treat you with the contempt you deserve…

Dave Manning

Get a life 😉

Martin (Ryde)

Well done young one…

Dave Manning

That’s it send the 10 year old for help !! Wtf


This is outstanding she is very brave!


Unlike her parents….


You do not want to be swimming in that channel. Very hard for a strong swimmer. Can’t work out the thought process used to think this was a good idea. The locals know how quick that water can run.

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