Early morning call out for Bembridge Lifeboat on Christmas Eve

Lifeboats News Release

Bembridge RNLI's all-weather Tamar lifeboat 'Alfred Albert Williams' was launched at the request of UK Coastguard at 4:50am this morning (Sunday 24 December) to search for a missing person who had been spotted entering the sea by Sandown Pier and disappearing.

RNLI/Mike Samuelson

Track of RNLB Alfred Albert Williams on 24 December 2017

The Alfred Albert Williams assisted the Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat, the Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 163 (and subsequently Rescue 175) and local Coastguard teams in the operation to try and find the missing person.

After an extensive search in quite lumpy conditions (West South Westerly winds and Force 4) but with no sign of the casualty, the Alfred Albert Williams was stood down at 8.20am. She returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 8.45am.

John Keyworth, Lifeboat Operations Manager said: 'It was a strange start to the Christmas break but this sort of situation is what we are here for'.

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