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June 2018

30th June

With less than 6 hours before Steve Simmonds retired after 15 years as Coxswain of Bembridge Lifeboat, RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was tasked (at 6.20pm) by UK (Solent) Coastguard to look for two Jet Skis thought to be somewhere between Bembridge and Hayling Island; apparently one had run out of fuel and was under tow by the other.  A third Jet Ski had, in the meantime had gone off to try to get hold of some fuel and had last been seen in Wootton Creek.  

May 2018

28th May

Although something of a non-event, RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) launched at 15:15 following a request from UK Coastguard to assist a racing yacht that had been reported as having grounded on Bembridge Ledge. 

A number of yachts in the vicinity of the Ledge were checked and having quickly concluded that none were in any trouble, the Alfred Albert Williams returned to the Boathouse and was recovered by 16:10.

February 2018

28th February

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at just after 8.30am at the request of UK Coastguard to assist Sandown & Shanklin Inshore Rescue recover a 30 foot motor boat (Chandos) with two crew onboard that had lost all power and was taking in water close to Sandown Pier. 

January 2018

29th January

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched this evening at around 8pm at the request of UK Coastguard to investigate a weak May Day call that had been received, in which the only information that was heard was "Curious Parrot" and Shanklin. 

NOVEMBER 2017

22nd November

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at the request of UK Coastguard at 10.36am this morning to assist CV6 (a 70 foot Clipper Venture yacht) with 11 crew onboard that had run aground near the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour after her engine had failed and she had been blown onto the lee shore by the SW'erly F7 winds. 

October 2017

23rd October

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at the request of UK Coastguard at 3pm this afternoon to support Portsmouth RNLI's D-Class Inshore Lifeboat which had been tasked to investigate a number of 999 call reports of a fire onboard a 54 foot sailing barge close to South Parade Pier, Southsea.   

September 2017

2nd September

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) launched at around 4.40pm this afternoon at the request of UK Coastguard to investigate the report of a small speedboat that had broken down in Whitecliff Bay to see what assistance might be required. 

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