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February 2022

21st February

Bembridge RNLI's All-Weather Lifeboat (RNLB Alfred Albert Williams) was launched at 11am to assist a 12m sailing yacht that had run aground on Ryde Sands with 4 crew onboard.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched earlier this morning (11am) at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist a 12m sailing yacht with 4 crew that had run aground on Ryde Sands.  Ryde Inshore Rescue and the Coastguard helicopter Rescue 175 were also tasked.   Prior to reaching the yacht, Rescue 175 reported that she appeared to have successfully re-floated on the incoming tide and appeared to be heading towards Portsmouth under sail.  

Having checked with the yacht that this was indeed the case, the Alfred Albert Williams then escorted her back towards Gosport.  Throughout the shout, Chimet was recording a Westerly Force 8 gale, gusting to Force 9 (47 knots).  Just before they entered Portsmouth Harbour, and having taken down the sails, the yacht's engine failed.  The Alfred Albert Williams managed to quickly establish a tow and subsequently berth her alongside.  Having handed over to Hillhead Coastguard Rescue Team, the Alfred Albert Williams left Gosport at 12.15pm and returned to Bembridge.   She was recovered by 12.45pm.

Photos (with permission of the yacht crew) by Dawn Hodge 

 

20th February

Bembridge RNLI's All-Weather Lifeboat (RNLB Alfred Albert Williams) was launched just before 7.40pm this evening to investigate a faint Pan Pan (Urgency) call that had been received from the area of Chale Bay.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 7.40pm this evening at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to investigate a faint Pan Pan call that had been received from the area of Chale Bay.   Yarmouth RNLI's Severn Class All-Weather Lifeboat (RNLB Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer) 17-25) was also tasked; as was Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team.

Conditions were rough (at the time of the launch and for the duration of the shout, Chimet was registering a Westerly Force 8, gusting Force 9 gale) which limited their transit speed to around 15 knots (7 knots approaching St Catherine's Point) and made searching extremely difficult in the 65 knot gusts and 6 to 7 metre waves.  

Having liaised with RNLB Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer) and in the absence of any sign of a casualty vessel, the Alfred Albert Williams was released by UK (Solent) Coastguard at 9.15pm and returned to Bembridge considerably quicker as it was down wind/down sea.   She was recovered by 10.10pm.

 

12th February

Bembridge RNLI's Inshore Lifeboat (RNLB Norman Harvey) was launched this afternoon to help search for a person seen earlier very close to the edge of Culver Cliff.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) and RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) were initially requested to launch by UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist Bembridge and Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Teams  locate a person who had been seen earlier very close to the edge of Culver Cliff.  

In the event, only the RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) actually launched (c4.35pm); on reaching Whitecliff Bay they conducted a shoreline search of the cliff area to the west.  Conditions off shore were 'lively' in the F6 SSW breeze.   With no sign of anyone, two of the crew went ashore to check the ledges under the cliff.  With nothing found, the incident was closed by UK (Solent) Coastguard and the Norman Harvey returned to Lane End and was recovered by 5.45pm.