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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. 

The Alfred Albert Williams reached the Ventura at approximately 8.45pm.  The Coastguard helicopter had also been tasked and in the event the Alfred Albert Williams simply stood by in case it had not proved possible to airlift the crew member directly from the Ventura.  Once the helicopter transfer had been successfully carried out, the Alfred Albert Williams was released and returned to Bembridge.  She was recovered by 10pm.

On-scene photo by James Pink.


20th March

Bembridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat assists 2 people when their 24 foot motor boat runs aground on her way into Bembridge Harbour earlier this evening (Wednesday).

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-Class Inshore Lifeboat 778) was launched at around 7:30pm this evening to assist a 24ft Sports Motor Boat with two people onboard that had initially reported that she had a fouled prop close to the entrance to Bembridge Harbour.  Although initially UK (Solent) Coastguard had requested our All-Weather Lifeboat (RNLB Alfred Albert Williams) be launched, the decision was made to switch to the Norman Harvey once it was realised that there was not enough water for the larger lifeboat to negotiate the entrance channel safely.

On reaching the boat which was just south of No 4 buoy, it was clear that the problem was that she had in fact run aground.   Having transfered a crew member to the motor boat to help navigate the channel, she was given a nudge by the Norman Harvey and with the incoming tide she was able make her own way safely into the harbour.  The Norman Harvey then made her way back to Lane End and was recovered by 8.30pm.

4th March

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 9.50am at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to medivac a crew member from MV Eddystone (on charter to MOD) anchored in the Nab Anchorage.  

The crew member had sustained a cut to his head the previous day whilst the Eddystone was crossing the Bay of Biscay on her way back from the Falkland Islands.  Although the Captain had stitched the wound up he was keen that the crew member be checked over in hospital rather than remain onboard for a further 24 hours when the ship was due to dock at Marchwood.  

The transfer was achieved without undue difficulty and the crew member was taken to the Camber from where he made his own way to hospital.  The Alfred Albert Williams then returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 11.15am.