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August 2021

29th August

Bembridge RNLI's Inshore Lifeboat (RNLB Norman Harvey) & All-Weather Lifeboat (RNLB Alfred Albert Williams) were launched this afternoon and assisted an 18 foot angling boat that had broken down close to No Mans Land Fort with three people onboard.
 
Both RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) & RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) were requested by UK (Solent) Coastguard to launch on service this afternoon. RNLB Norman Harvey at around 3.40pm to an 18 foot open angling boat that had broken down in the vicinity of No Mans Land Fort with 3 people onboard.  It did not take long for them to locate the broken down boat (sea conditions were relatively benign E F1-2) and having carried out a dynamic risk assessment conclude that the safest option was to tow her to Langstone Harbour.
 
In the meantime, RNLB Alfred Albert Williams was tasked to assist in a medevac in the Whitecliff Bay area, but immediately after launching at 4.05pm, the task was cancelled when the local Coastguard Rescue Team reported that they had successfully extracted the casualty overland.
 
Rather than re-housing it was decided to get the Alfred Albert Williams to RV with the Norman Harvey and take over the tow. Once done, the Norman Harvey returned to Lane End and was recovered by 4.40pm. Once safely in Langstone, the tow was handed over to a local RIB and the Alfred Albert Williams then returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 5.30pm.
 
 

27th August

Bembridge RNLI's Inshore Lifeboat (RNLB Norman Harvey) & All-Weather Lifeboat (RNLB Alfred Albert Williams)  were launched this evening to assist a 30 foot sailing yacht aground in Priory Bay with two people onboard.

Both RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) & RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) were requested by UK(Solent) Coastguard to assist a 30 foot Bavarian sailing yacht with two people on board that was aground in Priory Bay having dragged her anchor and had a rope around her propeller.   

The Norman Harvey launched at 10.10pm and the Alfred Albert Williams at 10.20pm.   Although the sea state was a bit lumpy (NNE F3), it did not take them long to reach the casualty vessel and assess that the safest thing to do was for the Norman Harvey to tow the yacht into deeper water and for the Alfred Albert Williams to then tow her to Portsmouth as there was insufficient water to enter Bembridge. 

The Norman Harvey then returned to Lane End and was recovered by 11.00pm.  Having safely put the yacht alongside a pontoon at Endeavour Quay by  12.05am, the Alfred Albert Williams then returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 12.50am.

 

23rd August

Bembridge RNLI's Inshore Lifeboat (RNLB Norman Harvey) launched to locate and assist two male adults who had been reported as being in difficulty returning from walking to St Helens Fort.

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) launched earlier this evening (c7.30pm) at the request of UK (Solent Coastguard) to investigate a report of 2 male adults who had been reported to be in difficulties returning from walking to St Helens Fort. 

Conditions were very benign so it did not take them long to reach area, by which time the two people had made their way safely ashore and were being 'escorted' back to the top of the beach by the local Coastguard Rescue Team.   Having checked that there was no one else on or around the Fort, the Norman Harvey returned to Lane End and was recovered by 8pm.

15th August

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat launched to assist locate & assist as required the source of a DSC Mayday thought to be in the area West of No Mans Land Fort

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched earlier this afternoon (c3pm) at the request of UK (Solent) CG to locate the source of a DSC Mayday alert that they had received and was thought to have come from a vessel in the area west of No Mans Land Fort. 

In view of the absence of any firm information about the vessel in difficulty, the Alfred Albert Williams initially proceeded relatively slowly to towards NMLF.   Once UK (Solent) CG had identified that the vessel appeared on AIS to be moving at 8 knots from Stokes Bay towards Lee-on-Solent & Hill Head they decided that Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue (who were also on task) were well placed to locate the vessel, so the Alfred Albert Williams was stood down and returned to Lane End and was recovered by 3.45pm.

14th August

Bembridge RNLI's Inshore Lifeboat (RNLB Norman Harvey) launched to locate and assist a capsized dinghy close to the entrance of Bembridge Harbour

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) launched earlier this evening (c5.30pm) at the request of UK (Solent Coastguard) to locate and assist a capsized dinghy that had been reported as being in difficulty close to the entrance of Bembridge Harbour.  It did not take the Norman Harvey long to reach the area however by the time they did the dinghy in question had already made it safely back to shore accompanied by a local Club Safety RIB.   The Norman Harvey then returned to Lane End and was recovered by 6pm.

12th August

Bembridge RNLI's Inshore Lifeboat (RNLB Norman Harvey) launched to locate and assist a group of seven people reported as being in difficulties on the shingle walkway to St Helens Fort

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) launched earlier this morning (c09:00) at the request of UK (Solent Coastguard) to locate and assist a group of 7 people (including some children) who had been reported as being in difficulty on the shingle walkway to St Helens Fort.   On arrival they found that the group had been picked up by a passing RIB and dropped off in shallower water on the St Helens side of the entrance channel.  Having ascertained that the local Bembridge CG Rescue Team had linked up with the group and that there was no one else out on the Fort, the Norman Harvey returned to Lane End and was recovered by 09:30.

3rd-4th August

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat launched to assist a 22 foot Sailing yacht located 12nm south of St Catherine's Point with an elderly skipper that was taking in water.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 10.50pm yesterday evening (3 August) at the request of UK (Solent) CG to locate and assist a 22 foot sailing boat with an elderly skipper who had become disorientated and the yacht was taking in water.   

Conditions were pretty benign (ENE F2) so the Alfred Albert Williams was able to make a fast passage to the area reported and located the yacht at around 11.45pm.    Two crew members of the Alfred Albert Williams were transferred to the yacht and after carrying out a dynamic risk assessment it was decided to move the yacht out of danger by towing her to Portsmouth (there was insufficient water for Bembridge).  Having safely put her alongside a pontoon at Endeavour Quay the Alfred Albert Williams returned to Lane End and was recovered by 6.15am.

Photos by:  Dawn Hodge