The Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar 16-17) was launched at around 01:15 this morning to go to the assistance of a single handed 36ft motor sailing yacht whose engine had broken down and was struggling to make any progress under sail against the very strong tide 16 miles south of Bembridge Ledge.
On arrival on scene the Y boat was launched and the Mechanic (Bryan) was transferred to the casualty vessel. Having checked the water cooling system over he managed to get the engine running and helped the skipper, who was very tired having set off from Cherbourg earlier in the day, to motor towards Bembridge under her own power with the ALB escorting. On reaching the boathouse at about 06:30, the yacht headed to Portsmouth and the ALB was recovered.
The ILB - the Norman Harvey - was launched twice this evening. The first, at 19:40, was a self launch following the sighting by one of the crew who was walking along the beach of a 18 foot (outboard engined) boat being rowed with some difficulty very slowly around the ledge from Sandown with one person onboard. They subsequently took the boat in tow to Bembridge Harbour and as there was not enough water to get up to the boats mooring off Selwyn Pontoon, left it on the BSC pontoon.
They then returned back to the Inshore Station and were in the process of washing the ILB off when the Coastguard phoned at around 21:00 and ask for the ILB to be re-launched to assist 2 people who were reported as being cut off by the tide on Ryde Sands. They quickly located the people concerned who turned out to be two anglers happily making their way back to dry land. The Norman Harvey returned and was recovered by 21:45.
The Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar 16-17) was launched at around 10:08 this morning to help in the search for a 54 year old kayaker from Gosport who went missing yesterday evening.
It is understood that he set off at around 11:30 from Lee-on-Solent beach with the intention of kayaking to Lepe beach. The ALB was tasked to search from three quarters of the way to Selsey Bill in towards Portsmouth. The search was called off about 11:30 when sadly a body, believed to be the missing kayaker, was located by the Lymington RNLI ILB in the Newtown Creek area. The ALB recovered at around midday.