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.
Assisted by Sandown and Shanklin Inshore Rescue the salvage pump and two crew members were transferred to the Chandos and a tow to Bembridge Harbour was established by 9.15am. Progress was slow in the 2m - 4m North Easterly swell which built as they neared Bembridge Ledge buoy and once past the Offshore Boathouse they decided that it was too risky to try to enter Bembridge Harbour so they diverted to Haslar Marina in Portsmouth.
Having safely secured Chandos alonside a pontoon by midday, the Alfred Albert Williams is remaining at Haslar until approximately 2.30pm to allow conditions on the slipway at Bembridge to abate. After a number of attempts and the shore crew reverting to the old throw line routine as it was too windy for the pole system to work, the Alfred Albert Williams was successfully recovered by 3.45pm. It was so cold that parts of the upper deck were iced up after having been washed down.
Although it does not show the complete recovery, the following clip on YouTube will give a feel for the conditions. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDqGSLc8cuc
Launch photo by Fiona Taylor, the rest by Mike Samuelson
RNLB Norman Harvey (D-Class Inshore Lifeboat D-778), having been placed on Immediate Readiness at 2.15pm this afternoon, was launched at around 2.30pm at the request of UK Coastguard to assist the local CG teams and Police search for a missing teenager who was thought to be in the Culver area.
Having carried out a shore-line search of Culver the Norman Harvey was released after about half an hour when the missing person was located in the Ventnor area. She was recovered around 3.30pm.
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched early this afternoon (1:04pm) at the request of UK Coastguard to assist the local Coastguard teams from Bembridge & Ventnor, Wight SAR and the Coast Guard Helicopter search for a missing person whose car had been found on Culver Down.
The Alfred Albert Williams was initially tasked to conduct a shore-line search from Whitecliff Bay to Sandown Bay. In the absence of any sign of the missing person, she was released by UK Coastguard at around 2:45pm and headed back to the Offshore Boathouse, however before she reached the slipway she was re-tasked for a further search a bit further offshore. When this failed to find anything she returned to the Boathouse and was recovered by 3:45pm.
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched early this morning (1:45am) at the request of UK Coastguard to assist the local Coastguard teams from Bembridge & Ventnor and a Police Helicopter in a search for an elderly missing person who had left home to possibly walk the Coastal Path in the Culver area.
The Alfred Albert Williams was tasked initially to conducted a shore-line search from Long Ledge to Sandown Zoo. The Y boat with 2 crew onboard was launched at 2:07am so that the search could be conducted closer in-shore. Having found nothing, the shore-line search area was extended at 3:00am to Luccombe Chine (between Shanklin & Ventnor) and subsequently further West to Wheelers Bay & Woody Bay.
At around 4:30am the CG helicopter (Rescue 175) managed to locate the missing person just off the Coastal path in the Monks Bay area to the north east of Ventnor. The Y boat was re-launched and the casualty was found alive but cold; however in conjunction with the local CG team it was decided to take him direct to St Mary's Hospital by helicopter so the Y boat was recovered and the Alfred Albert Williams returned to Bembridge. She was recovered by 6:30am.