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December 2021

30th December

Bembridge RNLI's All-Weather Lifeboat (RNLB Alfred Albert Williams) was launched just before 10pm this evening to medivac a male crew member from an oil/chemical tanker anchored in St Helen's Roads.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 9.55pm this evening at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to medivac a 55 year old crew member from the Italian registered oil/chemical tanker Caroline A anchored in St Helen's Roads.  Although 'walking' the casualty had been vomiting blood and it had been agreed should be taken to Portsmouth where an Ambulance was being arranged to take him to hospital. 

Conditions were such (SSW Force 5 gusting Force 6) that It did not take the Alfred Albert Williams long to reach the Caroline A and transfer two crew members onboard to assess the casualty.  Once this had been completed (around 10.22pm), they were all picked up by the lifeboat which then headed to the Camber in Portsmouth Harbour.   On arrival they were met by the Portsmouth Coastguard Rescue Team and the casualty was handed over to the Ambulance service.   The Alfred Albert Williams then returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 11.25pm.

Photo of the Caroline A from MarineTraffic.com

 

26th December

Bembridge RNLI's Inshore Lifeboat (RNLB Norman Harvey) launched this morning to locate and assist a person reported to be in the water in the vicinity of the Wonkey Cafe in Whitecliff Bay.

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) was requested earlier this morning by UK (Solent) Coastguard to locate and assist a person who had been reported as entering the water from the Wonkey Cafe, Whitecliff Bay and swimming out to sea.   Having launched at just before 10am and although it was blowing a Southerly F4 it did not take them long to reach the area and to locate the casualty who was very cold but still breathing.      A crew member went into the water to keep the casualty afloat and she was quickly recovered into the lifeboat.   The Norman Harvey then returned to Lane End where the para medics from the Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 175 initially looked after the casualty until the Ambulance arrived .     Bembridge and Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Teams were also tasked.   The Norman Harvey was recovered by 09:40.

Photo by Island Echo & Martyn Davies

 

22nd December

Bembridge RNLI's All-Weather Lifeboat (RNLB Alfred Albert Williams) launched mid-morning to investigate a report of a black RIB drifting some 20 miles South of Bembridge.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 10.25am this morning at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to investigate a report of a black 8m RIB that had been spotted drifting with no one onboard 20+ miles south of Bembridge.    The Coastguard helicopter (Rescue 175) had also been tasked and by the time that the Alfred Albert Williams reached their designated search area, had located the RIB and confirmed that there was nobody on board but there were some lifejackets visible.  

On reaching the RIB (in fact it was an inflatable rather than a RIB with a 40 hp outboard engine) the crew were able to deflate the tubes and bring it onboard the Alfred Albert Williams through the transom flap.  The Alfred Albert Williams then returned to the Bembridge and was recovered by 1.15pm.    It is understood that the Border Force will make arrangements to dispose of the inflatable in due course.

 

12th December

Bembridge RNLI's All-Weather Lifeboat (RNLB Alfred Albert Williams) launched earlier this evening to medivac a crew member from a tanker anchored in St Helens Roads.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 6.40pm this evening at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to medivac a crew member with a dislocated shoulder from the bulk crude oil tanker Songa Jade anchored in St Helens Roads.

It did not take them long to reach the tanker (SSW F4), however as the only means of disembarking the casualty was a boarding ladder, it took some time to rig up a block & tackle to allow the safe transfer of the casualty to the Alfred Albert Williams.   Once onboard (c7.35pm), they headed to Portsmouth Camber to await the arrival of an Ambulance.  After a considerable wait, it was agreed that they could leave the casualty with the local Coastguard team and return to Bembridge.   Departing the Camber at 8.40pm, the Alfred Albert Williams was back at the Boathouse at 9pm.