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bembridgernlilifeboatopenday_002Bembridge RNLI were tasked to launch at 01:22 this morning (Sunday) at the request of Solent Coastguard to assist a 20m boat (converted to a tall ship) approximately 5 miles SSW of St Catherine’s Point that had reported that she was taking on water.

The call for help was made by the 5 crew on board using a mobile phone as the vessel’s VHF had stopped working.

The Frank and Anne Wilkinson relief all weather lifeboat reached the ‘Revenge’ at 02:18 and two lifeboat crew members were transferred to her assess the situation. They confirmed that the water was coming from the stern gland but was being contained by the pumps.

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Having ascertained from the skipper that he and his crew wished to continue their passage from Bristol to Brighton – and having left a hand held VHF radio on board – the lifeboat and her crew headed back to Bembridge and rehoused by 04:15.

Overnight the Island’s fire service were called out to at least two shouts with crews from Newport, Ryde, East Cowes and Sandown all turning out.

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