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FLOATING DEBRIS SPARKS COASTGUARD CALL OUT

RNLI crew members, observing members of the public and HM Coastguard at Paddock Drive slipway

Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team and Bembridge RNLI have been involved in the recovery of a piece of debris seen floating off Forelands this afternoon (Wednesday).

Solent Coastguard requested the launch of the Bembridge RNLI Inshore Lifeboat at around 15:45 to investigate reports of debris floating in the sea between the lifeboat station and the nearby coastguard station.

The volunteer crew of 3 quickly located the object – a partial hull of a dinghy – and met with Coastguard Officers at Paddock Drive to recover the debris to the shore.

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Both the lifeboat and Coastguard have now been stood down as it has been established the debris broke up in a storm some weeks ago.

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