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.
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.
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.
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.