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.
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/.