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July 2021

22nd July

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat launched to assist a 32 foot Sailing yacht located 2nm south east Horse Sand Fort Bembridge with a fouled prop and no wind to manoeuvre to safety.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 9.30pm at the request of UK (Solent) CG to locate and assist a 32 foot sailing yacht with two crew on board two miles SE of Horse Sand Fort that had reported that she had a fouled prop and was unable to manoeuvre to safety as there was no wind.  

It did not take the Alfred Albert Williams long to locate the yacht and having carried out a dynamic risk assessment it was decided to move the yacht out of danger by towing her to Portsmouth.  Having safely put her alongside a pontoon at Endeavour Marina, Gosport, the Alfred Albert Williams returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 11.15pm.

22nd July

Bembridge RNLI's D-Class Inshore Lifeboat RNLB Norman Harvey launched to locate and assist a 20 foot outboard motorboat reported taking on water south of No Mans Land Fort

RNLB Norman Harvey (Inshore Lifeboat D-778) was launched at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard Solent 2.20pm following a report (by mobile call) of a 20 foot boat with two male passengers (with no lifesaving gear) onboard that was taking on water in sight of Bembridge Harbour, South of No Mans Land Fort.  The local CG helicopter Rescue 175 was also tasked and RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was put on immediate readiness.   
 
After a search which covered from Forelands to Seaview the Norman Harvey located the boat off Seaview.  The boat was in a poor condition with a lot of water on board.   As it was wallowing, the two casualties were taken on to the ILB and a tow was established into Bembridge Harbour.   Once in the harbour the boat was made fast and handed over to local CG Rescue Team. 
 
The Norman Harvey then returned to Lane End, however having just finished being washed down, information was received that crew of the casualty boat had managed to get its engine started and were heading back out the harbour but had promptly run aground.     After considerable discussion it was decided to re-launch the Norman Harvey to provide safety cover for members of the CG Rescue Team who had walked out to the grounded boat and had managed to persuade the two crew to leave their boat and proceed back to Portsmouth where they had come from by Public transport.     As the boat was in a dangerous position the Norman Harvey towed it back into Bembridge harbour.  The ILB was eventually recovered at 5.30pm. 
 
Afternote.  At around 8.30pm the boat with them on board was seen exiting the harbour Portsmouth bound.  Concerned that the condition of the boat was far from desirable for a Solent crossing and when last seen so was the condition of the two crew, after discussion with the local coastguard, it was felt prudent to ask a police RIB that was exercising at the time to intercept and escort.
 
Photo by John Attrill
 
 

3rd July

Bembridge RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat launched at 4.12pm and the All-Weather Lifeboat launched subsequently to assist a 29 foot Sailing yacht located 1nm north east Bembridge with an injured member of the crew. 

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) and RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778 Inshore Lifeboat) were launched today to provide a presence in 'our operational area' during the Round the Island Race.   After a quiet day with no taskings, both boats had just completed being washed down and rehoused when the Norman Harvey was requested at 4.09pm by UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist a 29 foot Westerly Konsort sailing yacht located 1nm north east of the Station that had been competing in the race with three crew onboard and had issued a DSC Mayday Alert after the skipper had probably dislocated his shoulder and was obviously in considerable pain. 

It did not take the Norman Harvey long to reach the yacht and having assessed the casualty, they requested the Alfred Albert Williams be launched to provide back up support.   Once close by, two crew and the Entenox cylinder were transferred to the yacht by Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat who were also on scene.   Having made the casualty as comfortable as possible, the Norman Harvey then escorted the yacht into Bembridge Harbour where they were met by the local Coastguard Rescue Team and after a few minutes an Ambulance.  The Inshore Lifeboat, with the two additional crew members from the Alfred Albert Williams onboard, then returned to Lane End and was recovered 5.45pm.

Support was also provided by two crew members from 'Le Grand Bleu' anchored close by who had been transferred by one of her RIBs and had helped drop the yachts sails.

Well done to all, not forgetting the Shore Crew who launched, recovered and washed down both boats twice.

Photos of RNLB Norman Harvey escorting the yacht into Bembridge Harbour by Mike Samuelson.  The two AIS screen shots show both boats tracks during their time afloat today.

2nd July

Bembridge RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat launched at 11.15pm (Fri 2 July) to locate a Sailing Yacht located 1nm north of Bembridge that had initiated a DSC Mayday alert. 

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778 Inshore Lifeboat) was launched at 11.15pm (Fri 2 July) at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to locate a 38 foot Sailing Yacht with 4 crew (2 adults and 2 children) thought to be aground 1nm north of Bembridge and had initiated a DSC Mayday alert.   

Conditions were very benign so it did not take them long to reach the yacht and identify that she was indeed the same one that had initiated the Mayday Alert.  She was hard aground and it transpired that the crew were waiting for the tide to come back in.   Having got the yacht to switch off their VHF so as to cancel the automatic repeating of the Mayday Alert, the Norman Harvey returned to Lane End and was recovered by midnight.