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March 2016

31st March

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar 16-17) launched at 08:51 this morning at the request of Solent Coastguard to locate and provide assistance to a 22 foot sailing boat with 1 crew member onboard that had suffered gear & mechanical failure somewhere between Ventnor & St Catherine's Point.

The casualty vessel (Ruby Tuesday, enroute from Poole to the east coast) was eventually located to the south west of St Catherine's Point and placed under tow at around 09:50.  The original plan had been to place the boat onto a mooring off the lifeboat station while the tide made and for mechanic Bryan to see if he could repair the engine so that the boat could make her own way into Bembridge Harbour. 

However, although she was placed on the mooring, the owner advised that he was suffering from severe chest pains and therefore was recovered to the Lifeboat station at around 12:00 where an ambulance then took him to St Mary's for a check up.  The Alfred Albert Williams was ready for service again by 12:30.  

14th March

At 18:00 on Monday evening RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar 16-17) was launched at the request of Solent Coastguard to stand by Spit Sand Fort where a fire had been reported in case of a requirement to evacuate.  

In the event, the service was cancelled very soon after launching when the CG received information that the fire was out and that there were no casualties.   However, due to the swell on the slip RNLB Alfred Albert Williams was unable to be recovered straight away and had to remain at sea for just over an hour until the tide had dropped and conditions on the slipway had improved.