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March 2019

24th March

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat assists in the medivac of a crew member from the cruise ship Ventura earlier this evening (Sunday).

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard at around 8.15pm this evening to assist in the medivac of a crew member from the cruise ship Ventura who had suffered a suspected heart attack.  Ventura was located about 12 miles south of Bembridge having left Southampton earlier in the evening en route to Vigo. 

February 2019

8th February

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched this evening at 5.30pm at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist Portsmouth RNLI's Atlantic 85 (B-846 - Norma T) in the area of Langstone Harbour entrance with a 40 foot yacht that had broken its mooring and drifted out of the harbour. 

January 2019

31st January

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 1am this morning at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to investigate a report of a Red Flare that had been sighted 1 mile south of Ventnor.   

HMS Middleton (a Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessel) was also in the area searching.  Having found nothing after 2 hours, both vessels were released and the Alfred Albert Williams returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 3.15am.  For two of the crew it was their first service.

December 2018

8th December

RNLB 'Alfred Albert Williams' (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at around 10:00 this morning at the request of UK Coastguard to carry out a medivac from a 94m Spanish dredger ‘Costa la Luz’, anchored about 1/2 mile NE of the station.

October 2018

20th October

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 1pm this afternoon at the request of UK Coastguard to assist a 12m Motor Boat with (it was thought) 3 people onboard that had hit the Bembridge Ledge and was under tow by a 5m RIB close to the Offshore Boathouse.  

September 2018

13th September

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at around 4.45pm this afternoon at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to a possible medivac from No Mans Land Fort.   An elderly guest had slipped and banged her head and chest. 

August 2018

31st August

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 6pm this evening to RV with MV Braemar which was leaving Southampton on her 'support the RNLI'  cruise.  Almost as soon as the Alfred Albert Williams had launched, she was tasked by UK (Solent) Coast Guard to investigate a report (by three different boats) of a 'grey object' in the water half way between Bembridge & Selsey. 

July 2018

29th July

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 2.25pm this afternoon after an unidentified object had been spotted roughly 250m to the North East of the Offshore Boathouse (in the vicinity of Cole Rock).   

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.  

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