UPDATED WITH VIDEO: LIFEBOAT LAUNCHED AS YACHT GOES AGROUND ON BEMBRIDGE LEDGE

Bembridge RNLI has launched in response to a Mayday call from a yacht aground on the Ledge this afternoon (Tuesday).

The station’s D-Class inshore lifeboat has responded to the vessel ‘Oarsome Dream’, which is hard aground on Bembridge Ledge just off the coast of the Isle of Wight, after reports of persons in the water.

Nearby vessels have since plucked those in the water from the sea.

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AIS tracking has the vessel as going aground on the notorious maritime hazard at just gone 13:05.

Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team has also been tasked to the incident by Solent Coastguard with officers on scene at the beach in the vicinity of The Crab and Lobster pub.

UPDATE @ 13:54 – Lifeboat crew members have now boarded the vessel in order to check on the welfare of the crew on board.

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UPDATE @ 14:30 – Bembridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat has successfully retrieved the crew members from the grounded yacht.

Island Echo has spoken to the stricken yacht’s crew, who had been on a passage to Lymington. They have suffered only minor injuries in their ordeal.

It’s now known that upon grounding the vessel, 3 members of the crew used a tactic known as ‘booming’ to attempt to refloat the boat on its keel. It was at this point that the boom snapped off the mast and those on it fell into the water.

Bembridge CRT is now assessing those involved for any signs of hypothermia and treating the cuts and bruises the crew has sustained.

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UPDATE @ 15:00 – Exclusive aerial footage captured by Island Echo shows the rescue in action…

UPDATE @ 15:15 – The crew of the grounded vessel has been checked by Coastguard Rescue Officers for injuries and any signs of conditions such as hypothermia. Several of the crew members have sustained slight cuts and minor injuries from their time in the sea above the ledge.

The details of the vessel’s skipper have been taken in order for arrangements to be made to recover the vessel when the tide has refloated it. It is not thought that any major damage has been sustained by the vessel and no water ingress has been reported.

Both the RNLI Lifeboat and Coastguard Rescue Teams have now stood down from the incident.

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Seawolf
Seawolf
11 days ago

No need for mayday just learn secondary ports. Mayday…

Mike
Mike
Reply to  Seawolf
11 days ago

Need to learn to navigate, pathetic!

MC hammer
MC hammer
Reply to  Seawolf
11 days ago

Wtf are you on about, please explain? We are not all old sea dogs, please educate us/me ? You old sailor you X

Seawolf
Seawolf
Reply to  MC hammer
10 days ago

It’s all about the tide. When it’s a harbour and when it’s best to enter and when you leave. Never leave on a falling tide. That’s when you can get into a mess.

Seawolf
Seawolf
Reply to  MC hammer
10 days ago

It’s all about harbours. When the height of the tide when you have enough water under your boat. Never leave a harbour in a falling tide if you don’t know what it’s all about. You end up a shingle banker.

Thomas Teichmann
Thomas Teichmann
Reply to  Seawolf
9 days ago

Watched the ‘drama’ unfold for a bit whilst out for a walk from Duver Marina. Classic example of incompetent skippering. Great weather and obviously no one there with an eye on the depth gauge or chart plotter. There are two cardinal buoys out there for good reason.

Bailed out long ago
Bailed out long ago
11 days ago

Didn’t see the bouy then and wonder, why is that there? Do I have enough water underneath?

Neil Gray
Neil Gray
11 days ago

Its idiots like this that should not be on the water. Do they not have charts or a depth sounder. Pure incompetence that puts others at risk that have to come and rescue them.

Mike
Mike
Reply to  Neil Gray
10 days ago

Most of them are from London so they probably don’t know anything about the sea apart from what mummy and daddy have told them 😉

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