UPDATED: POLICE SUMMONED AFTER RESCUED BOAT HEADS BACK TO SEA DESPITE COASTGUARD INTERVENTION

An urgent response was initiated after reports of a boat taking on water were received by HM Coastguard this afternoon (Thursday).

An emergency call was received by the JRCC at around 15:00 after the vessel, the Wilson Flyer, reported it was taking on water and was unable to self manage the situation.

Bembridge RNLI’s D-Class lifeboat was soon launched, with the Search and Rescue Helicopter from Lee-on-Solent also being scrambled.

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A search of the area allowed crews to locate the casualty vessel and it’s 2 crew, and a tow was established.

The vessel was towed to the safety of Bembridge Marina where it was met by members of the Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team who assessed those onboard’s wellbeing and offered safety advice.

Teams began to stand down from the incident at 17:00.

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UPDATE @ 19:28 – Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team and Bembridge RNLI were once again tasked to assist the same vessel less than an hour after they first gave safety advice to the crew.

The vessel and it’s crew had set off from Bembridge Marina despite advice and quickly found themselves aground in the harbour channel.

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They were once again assisted by Bembridge RNLI inshore lifeboat, and Coastguards summoned police assistance.

Island Echo has contacted Hampshire Constabulary for a comment.

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Sunshine
Sunshine
11 days ago

All the gear and no idea…….some people huh! I think they should find another pass time, out on the open sea is obviously too challenging for these pirates.

Sir Digby Chicken Caesar
Sir Digby Chicken Caesar
11 days ago

Perhaps they had some Class A to drop off nearby.

fred
fred
11 days ago

Why call the police? As far as I know it’s legal for any idiot to take a boat out. No licence needed.

David Ford
David Ford
Reply to  fred
11 days ago

That’s the problem Fred any idiot can buy a boat go out in it cause no end of problems for the RNLI and get away with it a shame they can’t bill idiots like these two

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