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July 2019

30th July

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat locates unmanned yacht off Bembridge Lifeboat Station
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 2.30pm the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to locate a 30 foot dismasted yacht that had been reported adrift close to one of the anchored cargo ships in St Helens anchorage.
It did not take them long to reach the cargo vessel and locate the yacht in question which they realised had previously been anchored (unmanned & with no mast) not far from the Offshore Boathouse for the last 10 days or so. Presumably the anchor had failed in today's strong winds and she was being blown offshore.
Having put two crew members onboard the yacht she was towed back to the RNLI mooring off the Boathouse and the Alfred Albert Williams was recovered by 3.45pm.

9th July

A very undramatic close to today's incident involving the 44 foot yacht that spent most of the day on the edge of the Bembridge Ledge!
Four of the crew were taken out in our D-Class inshore lifeboat ('RNLB Norman Harvey' - D-778) to the yacht and she floated off the ledge on her own at around 4.15pm. After escorting her for a short distance and after her crew confirmed that everything seemed ok, the yacht set off back to Gosport under her own power to be thoroughly checked over.
The crew of the 'Norman Harvey' brought ashore the bags of the other four crew who were making their own way by taxi to join up with other boats in their group in Yarmouth.

9th July

'The Bembridge Ledge claims another scalp.'

'RNLB Norman Harvey' (D-Class Inshore Lifeboat 778) was launched at 6.50am this morning at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist a 44 foot yacht that had run aground on the edge of the Bembridge Ledge having left Bembridge Harbour enroute for Yarmouth earlier.  

The yacht was too hard aground by the time the 'Norman Harvey' arrived to be towed off so she was secured and the crew were ferried ashore to the Inshore Boathouse in three trips. The 'Norman Harvey' was recovered by 7.45am.

'The current thoughts are to take some extra lifeboat crew out to the yacht at around 4.30pm this afternoon and to tow her to the mooring off the Offshore Boathouse and then providing the yacht is ok to shuttle the crew back onboard.

Photo by Darren of the Island Echo


5th July

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat assists 24 foot motor boat with engine problems mid-Solent
'RNLB Alfred Albert Williams' (Tamar All Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 2.45pm this afternoon at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist a 24 foot motor boat that had broken down on the edge of the shipping channel to the east of No Man's Land Fort with 3 people onboard.
They had initially reported that their engine was smoking and then subsequently that they were taking in some water. The 'Alfred Albert Williams' was quickly on scene and having ascertained that the water ingress was minimal, set up a tow to Chichester harbour. The tow was subsequently transferred to Hayling RNLI's Atlantic 85 and the 'Alfred Albert Williams' returned to the Offshore Boathouse and was recovered by 4.15pm.