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ssilbculverspeedVIDEO: The crews of Sandown and Shanklin Independent Lifeboat have had a busy Bank Holiday Weekend after carrying out three operational shouts yesterday alone (Sunday), two with the assistance of Ventnor Coastguard.

The first shout came in at 13.20 when SSILB was tasked by Solent Coastguard to reports that a small tender was spotted drifting and was capsized by a nearby vessel.

It was found that no one was in the tender and it was returned to the correct owner in Whitecliff Bay as SSILB was stood down.

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ssilbpersonsclifftideAs the lifeboat prepared to return to station, the second shout of the day came in at 14.00 to recover 2 walkers cut off by the tide in Luccombe. Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team were also tasked and found the man and women at the foot of the cliff and directed the lifeboat in.

The casualties and Coastguard Rescue team were brought on board and taken to Hope Beach in Shanklin, where the couple were very grateful for the ride home.

ssilbnightfishingvesselAs the night drew in, a third shout was received at 20.31 when SSILB were paged by the Solent Coastguard for an immediate launch to a broken down fishing vessel off Shanklin with 2 persons on board in failing light. Once again, Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team were also tasked and helped guide the lifeboat to the stricken vessel.

The Vessel was put on a tow and taken in to Shanklin where the Coastguard team helped to retrieve the boat when on shore. No persons were injured.

Mark Birch, Operations manager said: “We would like to thank all the public that reported incidents to the Coastguard and if you do see something that you are not happy about or unsure of, please dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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“If you are taking a walk on the shore line please watch the tide as being that close to allot of unstable cliffs could be extremely dangerous.”

Watch the crews in action

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Photos: SSILB 

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