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August 2019

25th August

'Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat tows 18m motor yacht into Bembridge after she had run aground on the Bembridge Ledge.'
 
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 5.20pm this afternoon at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist a 18m motor cruiser with three crew onboard that had left the Hamble earlier in the day and had run aground on the corner of the Bembridge Ledge at 17 knts and probably damaged her propellors & her rudders.
 
With the assistance of a member of the Lifeboat crew who happened to be in the area in his RIB, the Alfred Albert Williams quickly established a tow and then towed the damaged motor cruiser into Bembridge Harbour where she was berthed on the end of the Visitors Pontoon.
 
The Alfred Albert Williams then returned to Lane End and was recovered by 19:15.
 
Photos by John Keyworth
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams' AIS track from Marinetraffic.com
     

23rd August

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat medivacs casualty from Container ship SE of the Nab Tower.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched for the second time today at just after 9pm at the request of Solent Coastguard to medivac a crew member from the Hong Kong registed 266m container ship Safmarine Nomazwe (enroute for South America) that was 10 miles SE of the Nab Tower, heading towards it at 14 knts.  The male casualty had apparently suffered an eye injury.  

The Alfred Albert Williams rv'd with the Safmarine Nomazwe at 9.28pm and the casualty was transferred to the lifeboat via the Pilot ladder.    She then headed to Portsmouth Camber to await the arrival of an ambulance.   Having arrived at 10.20pm she left the Camber at 11pm and returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 11.45pm. 

  
                                                                             RNLB Alfred Albert Williams' AIS track from Marinetraffic.com

23rd August

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat escorts a damaged 34 foot sailing yacht into Portsmouth Harbour.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 10.10am this morning at the request of UK (Solent Coastguard ) to assist a 34ft Beneteau yacht with two crew on board which had hit the submarine barrier linking Horse Sand Fort to Southsea and split their hull.   It did not take long to reach the yacht and two members of the Alfred Albert Williams were transfered to see what assistance was required.  Although there had been an initial ingress of water when the yacht hit the barrier, it had stopped when they bounced off and the split closed; there was also some minor leakage around the keel bolts.  Both crew members of the yacht had minor bumps to the head and were advised to go to hospital to be checked over.  

Although the yacht was able to make her own way under power into Portsmouth (to Camper & Nicholson's pontoon) to be lifted out of the water for a full check up, the Alfred Albert Williams remained close to her in case the leak returned.  She then returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 11:00. 

  

Photos by Fred Milne.  RNLB Alfred Albert Williams' AIS track from Marinetraffic.com

19th August

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat carries out an early morning search off St Catherine's Point.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 4.47am this morning at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to conduct a shoreline search from one mile East of St Catherine's Point to one mile West for 'anything untoward following a spoken word Mayday' that had been picked up earlier on their Boneface Down aerial on VHF Ch 16. 

The Alfred Albert Williams reached the search area at 5.15am and having conducted a sweep of the designated search area in quite lumpy conditions and found nothing of any significance she was released by UK (Solent) Coastguard at 6.00am and returned to Bembridge.   She was recovered by 6.45am. 

Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team carried out a search of the same area from the shore with similar results.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams' AIS track from Marinetraffic.com

  

17th/18th August

Bembridge RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat searches off Ryde Sands for two teenagers reported to possibly be in difficulty.

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778 Inshore Lifeboat) was launched just before midnight at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to conduct a shoreline search from Puckpool Point to Ryde Pier following a report of two teenagers heard screaming in the water.  The Norman Harvey was on scene at 11.58pm and carried out a number of line searches but despite illuminating the area with a white flare spotted nothing untoward.  She was released by UK (Solent) CG at 00.51am and returned to Bembridge.  She was recovered by 1.20am. 

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was also initially placed on standby in case the search had had to be escalated.  Bembridge and Ventnor Coastguard teams were also both in attendance on Ryde beach.

AIS track information copied from MarineTraffic.com

8th August

'Bembridge RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat gets two people safely ashore as conditions deteriorate.'
 
'RNLB Norman Harvey' (D-778 Inshore Lifeboat) was launched yesterday evening (Thursday 8 August) at 10.00pm at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to take ashore the two crew members of a 20 foot day sailing boat from Chichester that had picked up a mooring off Seaview where they were spending a couple of days.
 
As they knew they were going to arrive after the SVYC boatmen had gone home, arrangements were made with the local hotel where they were staying to leave a dinghy on a mooring.  They initially tried to row ashore in the dinghy but they lost an oar soon after setting off and were lucky to be able to get back to the boat.  Rather than risk using the dinghy again to get ashore, they asked the Coastguard for assistance.
 
The 'Norman Harvey' did not take long to reach the moored boat and get the crew safely ashore on the SVYC slipway. She then returned to Lane End and was recovered by 10.45pm.
 

7th August

Bembridge RNLI's All-Weather Lifeboat involved in the medivac of a crew member from a 22m yacht in Sandown Bay
 
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched this afternoon at 5.23pm at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to medivac a crew member who had fallen, been concussed and possibly had a neck injury onboard a 22m sailing yacht, with 18 crew onboard, 2nm east of Ventnor.
 
The Alfred Albert Williams reached the yacht at 5.35pm and transferred two crew members and subsquently a stretcher to the yacht. Having assessed her injuries, the casualty was then transferred to the Alfred Albert Williams'to await the arrival of the Coastguard helicopter (Rescue 175) that was already on task off the West Wight.
 
In the event it was subsequently decided to take the casualty back to the Offshore Boathouse to await the arrival of the helicopter. Having landed on the green opposite the Inshore Boathouse, the casualty was re-assessed by the helicopter's paramedic and it was concluded that although she had not done any damage to her neck, that she should still go to hospital to be checked over. However, she was determined that she did not want to go and it was not until almost an hour later that she finally agreed to be checked over in hospital. At about 7.45pm she eventually headed off to St Mary's in a taxi and the CG helicopter returned back to the mainland empty!
 
Photo of RNLB Albert Alfred Williams & CV1 by Justin Gentleman
Photo of CG helicopter by Mike Samuelson
 
    

6th August

Both Bembridge Lifeboats tasked to help search for a kayaker and a kite surfer.

Just before 'RNLB Alfred Albert Williams' (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) launched for training this evening at 7pm, she was tasked by UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist in the search (in conjunction with Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat) for a kite surfer reported to be in difficulty off Ventnor/Dunose Head.

At the same time, 'RNLB Norman Harvey' (Inshore Lifeboat D-778) was tasked to search for a kayaker reported as also being in difficulty off Culver/Yaverland. Having conducted a thorough search and found nothing, the 'Norman Harvey' joined in the search for the kite surfer, however when again nothing untoward was found, both boats were stood down and returned to Bembridge; both were recovered by 8.45pm.

  

3rd August

Quick thinking by the crew of RNLB Norman Harvey results in three members of the public participating in this year's St Helens Fort Walk being brought to safety.

RNLB Norman Harvey (Inshore Lifeboat D-778) was launched at around 5:30pm to provide a safety presence during this evening's 'St Helens Fort Walk'. Towards the end of the 'walk' with the vast majority of the estimated (by the Bembridge Coastguard Team) 4,500 people safely back on the beach, the crew of the Norman Harvey spotted a father and his two teenage sons in considerable difficulty after they unexpectedly 'fell' into a deep hole in the middle of the channel whilst they were crossing from the St Helens side to the Bembridge side.

The crew were able to reach the three casualties very quickly and were able to keep them afloat whilst they got them on board the Norman Harvey. Having checked them over, they then made their way towards the inner harbour entrance and handed the three casualties over to the Coastguard team who had in the meantime called for an ambulance so that they could be taken to St Marys Hospital to be checked over as they had all swallowed copious amounts of sea water.

The Norman Harvey then returned to Lane End and was recovered by 8.45pm.