RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 1am this morning at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to investigate a report of a Red Flare that had been sighted 1 mile south of Ventnor.
HMS Middleton (a Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessel) was also in the area searching. Having found nothing after 2 hours, both vessels were released and the Alfred Albert Williams returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 3.15am. For two of the crew it was their first service.
Photo of HMS Middleton by Glenn Salt from Bicester, Oxon, England
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at around 6.30pm this evening at the request of UK Coastguard to carry out a medivac (an elderly female passenger had dislocated her shoulder) from the Cruise Ship Balmoral that was in the process of leaving Southampton Water bound for Lisbon.
The Alfred Albert Williams RV'd with the Balmoral off Stokes Bay at 6.35pm and the casualty was transfered on a stretcher to the Alfred Albert Williams via Balmoral's starboard pilot hatch. She and her husband were then taken into Portsmouth Camber and transferred to an ambulance.
The Alfred Albert Williams subsequently returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 8.45pm.