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April 2017

30th April

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar 16-17) was requested at just after midnight (00:15) by UK Coastguard to relieve Selsey RNLI's All Weather Lifeboat who had a 39ft racing yacht "Silver Shamrock" (GBR 5253) with two crew onboard under tow about 7 miles south east of the Nab Tower following a steering failure earlier in the evening. 

The Alfred Albert Williams launched at 00:31 and in an unpleasant F6 ENE'erly swell took over the tow at around 01:06.  The initial plan had been to take the yacht to Portsmouth however this was subsequently changed to Cowes where "Silver Shamrock" had set out from earlier in the day.  Having successfully completed the tow by about 04:15, the Alfred Albert Williams remained alongside Trinity Pontoon for just under an hour to allow for the tide to drop and the swell on the slipway back at Bembridge to reduce enough for a safe recovery. 

She departed Cowes at 05:10 and returned to Bembridge via Sparkes Marina in Chichester to hand back Selsey's tow line.  She was rehoused by 07:15.

14th April

At the request of UK Coastguard, RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) was placed on immediate readiness at around 09:30 in support of the Police and local Coastguard teams who were dealing with an incident on Culver Down.  The ILB was stood down after about an hour and a half when the incident was successfully concluded.

5th April

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) launched at 20:20 at the request of UK Coastguard to locate and assist a 20ft sailing boat which had been reported as being aground off Swains Beach. 

The boat, with one person onboard, was quickly located and successfully towed into deeper water.  Having ascertained that the skipper was uninjured and that the boat was not leaking, she was towed into Bembridge Harbour and moored on the Visitors Pontoon.

The ILB then returned back to Lane End and was recovered by 21:20.