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.
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.
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.
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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