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CONCERNS FOR DINGHY SIGHTED OFF ST HELENS

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HM Coastguard and Bembridge RNLI have been called out to St Helens this afternoon (Sunday) over concerns for the occupants of a rubber dingy.

The inflatable appeared to be blowing out to the sea in strong offshore winds, prompting the alarm the be raised.

Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team are on scene at St Helens Duver but the dinghy has managed to make it back to shore safely. Words of advice have been given.

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The inshore lifeboat from Lane End has been stood down and is now back on station.

Today’s incident comes just 24 hours after an almost identical situation at Bembridge Point, in which a woman was blown out to sea past St Helens Fort on a kayak.

UPDATE – It has been confirmed that 3 people were onboard the dingy, which was being blown out to sea towards St Helens Fort. All 3 are reported as being safe and well.

Bembridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) took just 5 minutes to launch and was in the water by 15:31, having been paged at 15:26

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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Mandy

What is wrong with people, are they related to the dopey lot from yesterday

Old bean

So many idiots out there

Opinions Matter

More idiots going out on the sea in these strong winds. STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES

Lorraine murton

Typical bembridge 2nd home lot

Mandy

I think you’re right, locals wouldn’t be that stupid or desperate to get out on the water

Dfl

Didn’t think 2nd homers were here yet .couldn’t be the yokels could it

Nick

What a total and idiotic thing to say it’s like you think this place is your own country, I’ve been coming to this island years and know it better than probably most of the so called islanders, so wind your bloody neck in

MARY SEXSTONE

When will people learn?!! The elements are far more dangerous than they realise, and have to be respected!

Smithy

More “explorers”?

Ed Down

Im glad they are “sage and well” that’s a relief

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