Seafarers are being reminded to be aware of autumnal weather changes following a prolonged period of sunny weather, after HM Coastguard were alerted to two incidents on the east coast of the Island this morning (Saturday).
Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team (CRT) were tasked to a windsurfer in difficulty off Yaverland Beach near Sandown shortly after 10:00. With heavy rain and strong winds picking up just a day after bright sunshine and summer-like temperatures, the weather conditions caught out the sport enthusiast resulting in him being brought ashore by Sandown and Shanklin Independent Lifeboat (SSILB).
The volunteer lifeboat crew of SSILB were paged for immediate launch at 10:06 and located the casualty within minutes. Although cold, the windsurfer was thankfully uninjured.
Just 20 minutes later, the National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) received reports of a similar incident, this time involving a kite surfer off the Bembridge coastline.
Bembridge CRT were tasked once again and responded to the scene near to the Crab and Lobster pub. Upon arrival, the man in difficulty had been safely brought ashore by a passing member of the public in a RIB.
Martin Groom, Station Officer for Bembridge Coastguard, has this morning issued a safety reminder. He said:
“Seafarers should be aware of the changing conditions following the prolonged good spell of weather we have been experiencing. Although the weather has been good, the sea is very cold and the unsettled conditions can quickly catch you out.
“Those heading out to sea should make sure they are aware of the weather forecast and the potential dangers”.
Photograph thanks to SSILB