With less than 6 hours before Steve Simmonds retired after 15 years as Coxswain of Bembridge Lifeboat, RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was tasked (at 6.20pm) by UK (Solent) Coastguard to look for two Jet Skis thought to be somewhere between Bembridge and Hayling Island; apparently one had run out of fuel and was under tow by the other. A third Jet Ski had, in the meantime had gone off to try to get hold of some fuel and had last been seen in Wootton Creek.
Whilst the Alfred Albert Williams was heading to the most likely area to start the search, she came across a small speedboat (Wet & Wild) with two crew that had also run out of fuel. The Alfred Albert Williams stood by and through UK (Solent) CG arranged for Portsmouth RNLI's Atlantic 85 that was in transit at the time from Portsmouth to her boathouse in Langstone Harbout, to tow the speedboat to safety.
On resuming her search for the missing jet skis, the Alfred Albert Williams went to the assistance of a 34ft yacht (Timitu) with four crew on board that had reported a problem with their engine (thought to be a small fire); as there was no wind, it was decided to tow her to Portsmouth. Having safely berthed the yacht in Haslar Marina, the Alfred Albert Williams returned to Bembridge and was rehoused by 9.15pm. A nice one for Steve to finish on!
Not long after launching for training at 7pm this evening, RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was tasked by UK (Solent) CG to investigate a report of two people being cut off by the tide on Ryde Sands. However, by the time she reached the area, the two had made their own way to safety.
She was therefore stood down by UK (Solent) CG and continued with her training exercise.
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at around 4.30pm this afternoon (Sunday 24th June) at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist in a search for a boat or person who had been heard on Ch 16 calling for help.
The Alfred Albert Williams undertook a search off Seaview however nothing was found so she was released by UK (Solent) CG and returned to the Offshore Boathouse and was recovered by 5.50pm.
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at around 17:10 this evening (Monday 18th June) at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist a RIB with one person onboard that had broken down in Whitecliff Bay. Having located the RIB and ascertained that a local repair was not achievable, the Alfred Albert Williams towed her to Bembridge Harbour where she was berthed alongside the Visitors Pontoon by 18:15.
The Alfred Albert Williams then returned to the Offshore Boathouse and was recovered by 19:00.
photos by Justin Gentleman
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 02:45 this morning (Tuesday 12 June) at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to go to No Mans Land Fort and casevac a 32 year old male member of staff to Portsmouth who had fallen into the water, been recovered but had a suspected broken rib.
The Alfred Albert Williams reached No Mans Land Fort at 02:52. Two crew members were put onto the Fort with a stretcher which the injured man was put into and subsequently transferred to the lifeboat. The Alfred Albert Williams left for Portsmouth at 03:30 and was alongside the Camber by 03:50. Having handed the casualty over to the Ambulance Service, she subsequently returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 05:00.
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 12:16 this afternoon at the request of Solent (UK) Coastguard to locate & assist a 45 foot sailing yacht Gone AWOL whose engine had failed and was drifting possibly into the shipping channel approximately 350m SE of No Mans Land Fort with three people onboard.
Arriving on scene at 12:26, the mechanic was transferred to Gone AWOL and successfully re-started the engine having identified that the problem was a flat battery. The yacht then headed back to Port Solent and the Alfred Albert Williams returned to the Offshore Boathouse. She was recovered by 13:15.