Station News

May 2016

30th May

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) was launched at the request of Solent CG at around 17:30 this afternoon to assist a 20 foot trimaran anchored on the lee shore just to the east of Bembridge Groyne with 2 crew onboard who were unable to get their anchor up.  

A member of the ILB crew was transferred to the trimaran and the anchor was then able to be pulled free.   A tow was set up and the trimaran was taken into the harbour and handed on the Harbour Staff.  The Norman Harvey then returned to the station and was recovered by 18:00.

April 2016

 24th April

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar 16-17) launched at around 17:45 this afternoon at the request of Solent Coastguard following a report from the Brittany Ferry Bretagne on its way to Portsmouth that a passenger had seen someone in the water about 2 miles south of Bembridge Ledge. 

Once on scene the Y boat was launched and sadly a body was recovered which was then brought back to the Offshore Lifeboat Station where it was handed over to the local Police.  The Alfred Albert Williams rehoused at around 18:35.

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.

November 2015

November 2015

1st November

At 19:00 on Sunday evening the Frank and Anne Wilkinson (relief Tamar 16-06) was launched at the request of Solent Coastguard to assist the Starry Dancer, a 30ft motor cruiser en route from Le Havre to Langstone Harbour with two crew on board that had run into difficulties in the fog about 10 miles south of the Bembridge Ledge. 

October 2015

31st October

At 09:30 on Saturday morning the Frank and Anne Wilkinson (relief Tamar 16-06) was launched at the request of Solent Coastguard to assist the Charlotte Rose, a 31ft charter angling boat from Langstone Harbour with 8 persons onboard that had broken down close to the Nab Tower.  Having ascertained that a local repair was not possible a tow was secured by 09:45 and the Charlotte Rose was towed back to Langstone.   The Frank and Anne Wilkinson then returned to Bembridge and was rehoused by 11:00.

September 2015

27th September

The Frank and Anne Wilkinson (relief Tamar 16-06) launched at 01:33 at the request of Solent Coastguard to assist a 20m converted (to a "tall ship") MFV with 5 crew on board approximately 5 miles SSW of St Catherine's Point that had reported (on a mobile as their VHF was not working) that she was taking in water.

August 2015

21st August

The "Norman Harvey" (D-778) was launched at around 07:20 following a request by Solent Coastguard to assist a 30ft sailing yacht that had gone aground at the entrance to Bembridge Harbour with 2 crew onboard after straying outside the channel.  Although the "Norman Harvey" was quickly on scene, the yacht was well and truly stuck so the crew were taken ashore at the Duver Marina.  D-778 then returned to Lane End and was recovered by 08:00.

July 2015

July 2015

28th July

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar 16-17) launched at around 14:15 this afternoon at the request of Solent Coastguard to assist in a medivac of a casualty from the super yacht Eleonora initially located north of St Helens Fort.  In the event, the Lifeboat stood by whilst the casualty was eventually winched up to the CG helicopter, Rescue 104, and taken to hospital on the mainland.  The AAW then returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 15:45.

June 2015

28th June

The Bembridge RNLI Tamar class Lifeboat “Alfred Albert Williams” was launched at the request of Solent Coastguard at 4.30pm to assist the 21’ sports fisher “Marialla” with three people on board whose propeller had become fouled.

The casualty was approximately a mile east of the Nab Tower and was drifting with the tide. The Lifeboat was quickly alongside 26 minutes after launching and having established a tow, passage was made back to Southsea Marina, the casualties home port.

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