For Bembridge harbour local notices to mariners please click on link:-Bembridge Harbour: Local Notices to MarinersThis links to the Bembridge Harbour web site where the LNTMs are updated as required. 
The MCA CG66 boat registration scheme is being replaced by a new more comprehensive scheme in conjunction with the RYA. Registration is still free.
See .CG66 Change details
Unfortunately there is no plan to transfer data from the CG66 data base into the new scheme & the CG66 data will cease to be used sometime around 2020.
It is highly recommended that all skippers register their boats with the new scheme even if currently included in the coastguard CG66 scheme. See

The following all apply only to the CG66 scheme & will become redundant shortly:-
In order for your details to remain on the CG66 scheme, you need to confirm with the coastguard no longer than 2 years from registering & thereafter no later than every 2 years that either your details have not changed or to advise of any changes.This can be done by phoning, writing or very easily on line here CG66 Registration by accessing your record & saving it. 
The following files included with this current page of the BAC web site are intended to assist & may be printed where appropriate. 


An essential aid to safety is a fully functioning VHF radio transciever. Skippers should be fully familiar with its operation & the legal requirements for using it.
A personal lifetime operators licence is required & needs a training session to gain. Details of local training courses can be found on line using a search such as "VHF radio training courses Isle of Wight." 
BAC has chosen Channel 6 as its normal working channel.




MAY 2015

ORCA: accident leading to a fatality on 8 June 2014



At 1331 on 8 June 2014 the dredger Shoreway and the sailing yacht Orca collided 7 miles off Felixstowe. Damage to Orca was catastrophic (Above) and it sank within minutes of the collision. The yacht’s skipper was rescued from the water by Shoreway’s rescue boat but the skipper’s wife could not be found despite an extensive air and sea search. Her body was recovered from the sunken yacht by divers the next day. There was no damage to Shoreway.

Orca’s skipper saw Shoreway when it was in the deep water channel outbound from Harwich Haven. Orca was under sail returning towards its marina berth in Harwich Haven. The skipper assumed the dredger would remain in the deep water channel and decided to engage his autopilot and go below for a short period. At this stage Shoreway was approximately 1.6 miles away and from its aspect, the skipper assessed there was no risk of collision. However, Shoreway altered course to leave the deep water channel soon after, placing Orca on a collision course. Despite the clear visibility and all navigation aids being available, the officer on watch on the bridge of Shoreway failed to see Orca until the collision was unavoidable.

The MAIB investigation found that the vessels collided in good visibility as neither the chief officer, who was alone on the bridge of Shoreway, nor the skipper of Orca, who was below deck in the cabin, were maintaining a proper lookout in the period immediately prior to the collision.


Safety lessons

  1. It is essential that all vessels maintain a proper lookout at all times. Had the crew of either Shoreway or Orca done so, this collision could have been avoided.
  2. Leisure boat users should never assume that they have been seen by other vessels, nor should they assume that the other vessels will always take avoiding action. Due to the good visibility, the officer on watch on Shoreway was not using his radar and had not seen the target of Orca that had been visible on his screen for 11 minutes before the collision.
  3. Leisure sailors need to be particularly aware of closing speeds between their own vessels and other vessels. In this case, Shoreway was travelling at 12.9kts but many types of vessels, including ferries, cruise ships and container ships, regularly sail at speeds over 25kts and, as a result, distances that initially appear sufficient can be reduced surprisingly quickly.

Orca’s skipper’s automatic inflation lifejacket failed to inflate on immersion in the water as the CO2 bottle was not correctly fitted to the inflation mechanism. To remain effective, inflatable lifejackets must be serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines.

This flyer and the MAIB’s investigation report are posted on our website:

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Marine Accident Investigation Branch

May 2015


Lifejackets save lives

See Notice Board re 12 lives lost in 2013 that may well have been saved if a lifejacket had been worn.
This is an extract from the MCA web site:-
If you are going afloat for pleasure, working around water or fishing, wear your lifejacket or buoyancy aid. It’s useless unless worn.
Accidents can happen at any time in any weather. Good training and common sense help but several people’s lives could be saved every year if those involved wore a correctly-fitted, well-maintained lifejacket or buoyancy aid.
The water around the UK is cold all year round. It’s surprisingly difficult to get back on board your boat once you’re in the water and the cold water will affect how your body works. Wearing a lifejacket with crotch straps and sprayhood could double your chances of survival and increase your likelihood of being found.
See how crotch straps make a difference on our YouTube channel.
When you fall into cold water, your blood pressure increases and you begin gasping for air. If you’re not wearing a lifejacket that lifts your airways out of the water, you can breathe in enough water to drown. If you do fall in, don’t attempt to swim unless you’re really close to your boat. Relax as much as you can and find something to hold onto if you can, while your body adapts and you regain control of your breathing. After this, you should be able to call for help or get back onboard as soon quickly. Your rescuers should find this easier if you are wearing a lifejacket.
You can download a report about why people don’t wear lifejackets here:Click here to see the research  [Click here to viewPDF 5.78MB
Every year a panel of experts meets to analyze the year’s fatal maritime incidents.  The panel makes a judgment about whether it is probable, possible or unlikely that the person involved could have been saved had they been wearing a lifejacket or buoyancy aid. Between 2007 and 10 the panel agreed that 86 lives might have been saved had those involved been wearing a lifejacket or buoyancy aid. And twenty-one people’s lives might have been saved last year. Download the results of the panel meeting here.[Click here to viewPDF]
These statistics tell us that commercial fishing, angling and sailing are the activities where most lives might be saved by buoyancy-wear.
To watch the MCA podcast aboutl lifejackets, click here.
If you would like to order stickers or publications that promote lifejacket wear, click here.
Have great trip, but enjoy it safely. Make sure that you wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid as recommended by your sport’s national governing body. The MCA recommends that commercial fishermen wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid at all times whilst on deck.
A local company based in Cowes, called SeaSafe, manufacture a range of clothing with built in lifejackets.They have provided prizes for our open competitions in the past and will give a discount to members.    See their website here   seasafe

The following was posted on the MCA website in October 2011



Mario Siano is the Maritime and Coastguard Agencys national liaison officer for angling. He has been analysing the Coastguards angling search and rescue incidents over the course of this year and has noticed some interesting trends:

Many of our angling-related incidents this year have involved angling boats suffering engine failure and having to be towed to safety by lifeboats, says Mario. This sort of incident doesnt only happen to anglers but is avoidable if you ensure that your engine and boat are well maintained and capable. It may be also be useful to take a set of oars or a spare engine with you. And make sure that you know how to raise the alarm should something go wrong.

Several angling boats also sank this year causing some anglers to fall into the water. Some were not wearing lifejackets or buoyancy aids when they were rescued; they were very lucky indeed.

As a search planner, I know that its really difficult to find a person who is not wearing a lifejacket, if they are still afloat, in a vast expanse of water. Wearing a lifejacket will keep you afloat, despite the effects of cold shock, hypothermia, disorientation, injury or weather conditions. It will also hugely improve your chances of being found by rescuers.

A couple of months ago one angler in particular, whose boat had overturned at night, was not only kept afloat by his lifejacket, but was located by the helicopter search light picking out the reflective strips on his lifejacket. He was taken to hospital in poor condition, but made a full recovery; and no doubt owes his life to the £30 life insurance he invested in that lifejacket.

Some anglers have fallen from rocks and cliffs in to the sea and suffered severe injuries. These areas, by their very nature are slippery, adjacent to deep water, big swells and tide rips and are very difficult to climb back on to should you fall in the water.

In a recent very tragic incident, a lone middle-aged angler went to fish from rocks. He never returned. To date, despite intensive searching, nothing has been found of him or his gear; and his car was in the car park where he left it. He did not use a lifejacket or mobile phone and had not told anyone where he was going. If youre fishing in a place where you are likely to fall, slip or capsize, into deep, or fast flowing water especially where it will be difficult to get out wear a lifejacket. It could save your life.

There have also been a few close calls with anglers and bait collectors getting cut off by tides, one in particular, a non swimmer, was up to his neck in water when rescued. So remember to check tidetables before you set out and dont take risks – the tide comes in more quickly than you think.

Angling from kayaks is an up and coming sport but I am pleased to report that its causing us no real problems at the moment. One small issue is that members of the public report them to the Coastguard because they think that they are in trouble, due to their small size and inactivity. So if youre a kayaking angler let the Coastguard know where you are going and when you expect to leave. Other good safety advice is to get a buddie, get trained, carry the appropriate safety gear, name your kayak and join the Maritime and Coastguard Agency Small Boat Safety Scheme (CG66), its free and could save your life, full details here:

As well as providing search and rescue coordination for the whole of the UK coastline, HM Coastguard also covers some inland waters such as the Norfolk Broads and some lakes, loughs and lochs. However, my advice is relevant for all anglers, whether salt, freshwater or both.

You are invited to complete a survey on the wearing of lifejackets and then watch a short video about them, this can be found on line from the following link; please help us to help you.

Stay safe – The rules are simple –

Before heading out onto the water, or any other potentially dangerous area:
get trained;
familiarise yourself with the area (in good weather and daylight);
get local advice;
check weather and tides;
wear a lifejacket if appropriate;
avoid alcohol;
keep in touch. (tell someone where you are going and when you will be back and let them know any change of plan, and who they should call if you do not return); and
fish with a friend.

Every coastguard station will provide free information leaflets and booklets covering the above. Visit you local station and see what is available.

Remember, the Coastguard is there for all water users including anglers, so if you or someone else is in trouble on or in the water, including medical problems, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard or call us on VHF Channel 16.

Visit the Maritime and Coastguard Agency website to find out more about us.

Mario F Siano – National Angling Liaison Officer

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