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August 2018

31st August

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 6pm this evening to RV with MV Braemar which was leaving Southampton on her 'support the RNLI'  cruise.  Almost as soon as the Alfred Albert Williams had launched, she was tasked by UK (Solent) Coast Guard to investigate a report (by three different boats) of a 'grey object' in the water half way between Bembridge & Selsey. 

Having reached the area reported and found nothing, she was then re-tasked to carry out a medivac from the Independence of the Seas, which had left Southampton ahead of the Braemar and was heading down the Nab Channel.   The Alfred Albert Williams RV'd with the Independence of the Seas around 6.30pm. 

A member of the lifeboat crew, with a stretcher, was transferred to the ship however because of the configuration of the Independence of the Seas which made it difficult to the Alfred Albert Williams to hold safely alongside, it was decided to ask the Pilot Boat Hampshire which was close by to help in the transfer.   This was successfully and safely achieved by just before 7pm and the Alfred Albert Williams then headed to Portsmouth, passing MV Braemar en-route.  

After a short wait for the Ambulance to arrive at the Camber, she then returned to Bembridge and was re-housed by 8.30pm.

 

29th August

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 11.55am this morning in response to a request from UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist and act as the on-scene commander in the on-going search for a 'man overboard' close to the entrance of Portsmouth Harbour.   

Two MOD Police launches, Portsmouth RNLI's Atlantic 85 & D-Class lifeboats, the Coastguard helicopter (Rescue 175), local Coastguard teams and a number of other vessels were involved. 

After a detailed and thorough search both outside and inside the harbour failed to locate the missing person, the search was scaled down and the Alfred Albert Williams was released to return to Bembridge; she was back in the Boathouse by 2.30pm.

Photos by James Pink.

28th August

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched just after midday today (Tuesday 28th August) in response to a request from UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist a 42 foot sailing yacht that had 6 crew onboard and was taking in water about 10 miles south of St Catherine's Point. 

The Alfred Albert Williams located the yacht at around 12.40pm and transferred the lifeboat mechanic across to her to see if he could resolve the problem.   Having successfully effected a temporary repair, he returned back to the Alfred Albert Williams.  Rather than continuing onto her destination, Cherbourg, the yacht wisely decided to head back to her home port of Gosport so a more permanent repair could be carried out. 

Having shadowed her for a bit to make sure that all was ok, the Alfred Albert Williams returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 2.45pm.

Photo of St Barbara V by Dom.

 

27th August

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched this afternoon at 12.45pm in response to a request from UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist Hayling Island RNLI's Atlantic 85 with a 50ft yacht with three crew that had a lobster pot caught around its propellor & rudder.  

It did not take long to reach the yacht as she was mid-Solent between Bembridge & Hayling Island; the tow was transferred to the Alfred Albert Williams as she obviously had more pulling power than Hayling's Atlantic 85 which then managed to free the yacht from the pot line. 

After 10 minutes the tow was transferred back to the Atlantic 85 and having made sure they were happy with towing the yacht into Chichester Harbour (where she had come from earlier in the morning), the Alfred Albert Williams then returned to the Boathouse and was recovered by 14:00.  Photo from Marine Traffic.com archive.

 

24th August

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 6.50pm this evening in response to a request from UK (Solent) Coastguard to locate and assist a 26ft yacht with engine failure with two crew onboard, one of whom, the skipper, was unwell, that was reported to be 27 miles south of Ventnor.
 
The yacht (the Lochnagar) was duly located at around 7.40pm somewhat closer than originally reported and as there was a 2-3m swell running, a tow line was quickly transferred to the yacht and she was towed into Bembridge Harbour.
 
Having put her safely alongside the Visitors Pontoon, the Alfred Albert Williams then returned to the Boathouse and was recovered by 11.45pm. Some on-scene photos to follow.
 
 

14th August

The volunteer crew of 'RNLB Norman Harvey' (D-778) were kept busy during this evening's 'Fort Walk'. Two dogs were re-united with their owners and towards the end, two girls - thought to be aged around 7 and 10 - nearly drowned when they were walking back from having 'walked to the Fort' and fell into some deep holes in Bembridge Channel.

Fortunately their progress was being monitored by the volunteer three man crew of 'RNLB Norman Harvey' which had been launched earlier in the evening to provide a safety presence at this annual 'happening' and they were pulled out of the water by the quick thinking crew who swum to them and brought them back to the 'Norman Harvey'.

With the two youngsters safely on board the lifeboat, they were taken to the shore to rendezvous with local Coastguard officers and to be reunited with the remaining members of their party.

Unfortunately, they all left the scene without leaving any details with the Coastguard and without the girls being checked over medically. An appeal was therefore issued through the Island Echo for them to medically checked over as soon as possible as they had probably ingested a quantity of water when they had gone under water and they were therefore at risk from 'secondary drowning'.

In a separate incident a child, initially thought to be suffering from anaphylactic shock was brought back to the Lifeboat Station and handed over to a waiting ambulance.