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April 2019

21st April

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat launched on Easter Day to assist a 16m Fishing Trawler that had suffered a mechanical failure.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard at around 9am this morning to take over towing the 16m trawler with 5 crew onboard that had broken down whilst in the fishing grounds to the South East of the Island from another fishing boat.  

By the time (9.18am) the Alfred Albert Williams reached them they were three miles north of the Nab Tower.  Having taken over the tow, they took the trawler into Portsmouth and handed her over to a local fishing boat to manoeuvre her into the Camber once the Wight Link ferry had sailed.  The Alfred Albert Williams then returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 12.45pm.

On scene photos by Justin Gentlemen; photo at the Camber by Portsmouth Coastguard Team.


18th April

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat & Inshore Lifeboat launched just after midday today (Thursday) to assist in locating two missing kayakers.
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All Weather Lifeboat 16-17) & RNLB Norman Harvey'(D-Class Inshore Lifeboat D-778) were launched at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard at around 12.15pm this afternoon to assist in locating two kayakers who had been reported as missing by their instructor in the Whitecliff Bay/Culver area.
Both boats were quickly on scene and began to search along to coast towards Yaverland. Word was then received that the two missing kayakers had been located safely ashore so both boats were stood down and returned to Bembridge. They were recovered by 1pm.
                                    ALB                                                                                           ILB
photo by Island Echo