Breaking News First reported by Island Echo


An inflatable swan has been recovered by the crew of Bembridge RNLI Inshore lifeboat tonight (Friday) after it was spotted floating out to sea off Bembridge Ledge.

Solent Coastguard were alerted to the sighting at around 20:00, prompting teams from Bembridge Coastguard and Bembridge RNLI to be mustered over fears a person or persons could be in danger.

Following a search of the area from both land and sea, it’s been determined that there is no life at risk and that the inflatable must have just gone adrift. The search has been called off and emergency teams stood down.

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However, beach goers are being reminded to take extra care whilst at the seaside and should an inflatable go adrift, to inform the Coastguard so that unnessasary searches can be prevented.

‘Respect the water’ is certainly the message to be conveyed tonight… Earlier this evening Ryde Inshore Rescue went to the assistance of a group of teenagers on Ryde Sands who were potentially in difficulty. The independent station’s tractor unit was able to dash to the water’s edge and guide the group to safety.

Just a short while later Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team were tasked to 2 persons on the rocks at Ventnor Esplanade. Thankfully, they too escaped uninjured.

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