RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at the request of UK Coastguard at 3pm this afternoon to support Portsmouth RNLI's D-Class Inshore Lifeboat which had been tasked to investigate a number of 999 call reports of a fire onboard a 54 foot sailing barge close to South Parade Pier, Southsea.
Having got as far as off Seaview, the shout was aborted by UK Coastguard following follow-up reports that the barge was in no danger. The Alfred Albert Williams therefore returned to the Offshore Boathouse and was recovered by 3.45pm.
RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) was launched at the request of UK Coastguard at 8.50pm this evening to assist the 23ft Angling Boat Scorpio with 2 crew on board that had run aground just inside Bembridge Harbour on a falling tide.
The Norman Harvey was quickly on scene however was unable to tow Scorpio back into the deeper water of the channel, so having checked the crew were safe and having assisted laying an anchor, she returned to Lane End and was recovered by 9.45pm.
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at the request of UK Coastguard (following a Pan Pan urgency call) at around 3.30pm this afternoon to locate and assist a 7m Virgo Voyager sailing yacht 'King Klip' with one person on board whose engine was not working and was in difficulty 5nm south of St Catherine's Point having set out yesterday (Monday) from Cherbourg enroute for Christchurch.
Having reached the yacht at 4.30pm and having ascertained that the owner was an elderly man and that the engine was not going to be repairable, it was decided to transfer a member of the lifeboat crew (Guy Willing) to the King Klip using the Y boat to help secure the tow.
Sea and tidal conditions were such that initially the tow to Portsmouth was very slow with the Alfred Albert Williams averaging only 3.5 knots until past Ventnor when she was able to increase to 5.5 knots. Having berthed King Klip safely in Haslar Marina at 10.20pm, the Alfred Albert Williams returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 11.15pm.
Photos of King Klip by Steve Simmonds. To view a video of King Klip under tow taken by Paul Butler (Assistant Mechanic) click on: https://youtu.be/kkC8eGX7pR0
RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) was launched at the request of UK Coastguard at around 2.40pm this afternoon following reports of someone possibly being in difficulty at the bottom of Culver cliffs.
She was quickly on scene and ascertained that what may have looked from afar as someone in difficulty, was in fact a group of kayakers from Kingswood School who were enjoying time on the beach.
The Norman Harvey therefore returned to Lane End and was recovered by 3.15pm. Photo of kayaks by Darren Toogood (Island Echo)
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at the request of UK Coastguard at around 4.50pm this afternoon to assist the the 30 foot sailing yacht Anigh Falls with 3 crew and a dog onboard whose engine had failed and was possibly taking in some water 6nm E of Bembridge.
The Alfred Albert Williams was on scene by 5.10 pm and having transferred the mechanic and another member of the crew to the Anigh Falls it was quickly ascertained that although there was no significant ingress of water to worry about, the engine could not be repaired so a tow to Chichester Harbour was established.
Having handed Anigh Falls over to Hayling Island RNLI's Atlantic 85 at the entrance to Chichester Harbour at just after 6pm, the Alfred Albert Williams returned Bembridge and was recovered by 6.40pm.
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All Weather Lifeboat 16-17) launched at the request of UK Coastguard at around 9.43pm this evening to assist (again) the 39 foot, 17 ton sailing yacht Rosalyn with three crew onboard whose engine had failed 2.2nm SE of Bembridge having set off for South Wales from Portsmouth earlier in the day and subsequently turned back off St Catherine's Point when the wind increased.
The Alfred Albert Williams was on scene by 9.48pm and quickly established a tow to Bembridge Harbour. Having successfully berthed Rosalyn on the Visitors Pontoon by 11.00pm, the Alfred Albert Williams returned to the Offshore Boathouse and was recovered by just after 11.30pm.