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June 2019

29th June

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat assists two yachts as they race round the Island

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All Weather Lifeboat 16-17) launched at 11am this morning so as to be available if required to assist any of the Round The Island Race yachts who might have got into difficulty. 

In the event it was a light wind race and the bulk of the fleet were becalmed off St Catherine's Point/Ventnor for most of the afternoon.  Although nothing very dramatic the Alfred Albert Williams was tasked by UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist two yachts.  The first, at 2.37pm off Brighstone, involved a 11m monohull yacht with 4 crew onboard that was caught, possibly on a pot line.   Having initially helped the yacht cut the line, they then launched the Y boat to help untangle the line from around the yachts rudder. 

The second incident, at around 3.37 pm was in support of Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat and involved checking over a crew member of a 26ft monohull yacht with 4 crew onboard who had been hit on the head by the boom.  Two of the Alfred Albert William's crew were transferred by Sandown's RIB to the yacht and after satisfying themselves that the casualty was alright, they were transferred back to the lifeboat.

Once the bulk of the fleet started making better progress, the Alfred Albert Williams returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 6pm.  A long hot day!

Photo of 'Fusion 4' with Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat by Dom. 

  

24th June

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat medivacs the Master of the tanker Ceilo di Guangzhou

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 4.52am this morning at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to medivac the 39 year old Italian Captain of the tanker 'Cielo di Guangzhou' anchored in the Nab Anchorage who was suffering from internal pains. 

It did not take long to reach the ship and although initially it had been thought that he would need to be transferred on a stretcher, in the event he was able to walk with assistance.  As soon as he was safely onboard, the Alfred Albert Williams returned to the Station where an ambulance was waiting to take him to St Mary's for a check up.  The Alfred Albert Williams was then washed down and was back ready for tasking by 6.15am. 

On scene photo by James Pink.  Library picture of Cielo di Guangzhou from MarineTraffic.com

   

21st June

Bembridge RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat launched to investigate a DSC Distress alert from a yacht off Bembridge.

RNLB Norman Harvey (D Class Inshore Lifeboat 778) was launched this afternoon at around 2.35pm at the request of Solent Coastguard to investigate a DSC Distress alert that had been received but without any follow-up voice message from a yacht thought to be 2 miles NE of the Station. 

Having checked with one yacht in the vicinity of the location given and confirmed that they were not in any difficulty, the Norman Harvey was stood down when the Chichester Harbour Master located the yacht thought to have made the alert in error.  She returned to Lane End and was recovered by 3.00pm.

10th June

'RNLB Norman Harvey' (D Class Inshore Lifeboat 778) was launched this at 3.50pm this afternnon when it was spotted that the yacht (New Dawn) that had run aground on the edge of the Bembridge Ledge this morning was afloat.
 
They quickly put her under tow to the RNLI mooring just off the Offshore Boathouse and subsequently transferred her crew back onboard. As soon as this was completed the 'Norman Harvey' was recovered and the yacht set off back to Lymington without further assistance.
 
In view of this, 'RNLB Alfred Albert Williams' (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) will no longer be launching at 5pm this evening as previously advised.

10th June

'RNLB Norman Harvey' (D Class Inshore Lifeboat 778) was launched this morning at just before 8am at the request of UK (Solent ) Coastguard to assist a 42ft yacht (New Dawn) with 5 people onboard that had run aground on the Bembridge Ledge close to the Station.

It obviously did not take them long to reach the yacht which by that time was well and truely stuck. Having managing to adjust her direction of heel and made her secure, they brought the crew ashore.

The plan is to launch 'RNLB Alfred Albert Williams' (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) this afternoon at around 5pm to help tow her off. The 'Norman Harvey' was recovered by 8.45am.

Photo with RNLB Norman Harvey by Island Echo

   

   

2nd June

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Lifeboat medivacs a crew member from the Clipper Ventures yacht CV22.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 11.20pm at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to medivac a male crew member from the Clipper Venture 70 foot training yacht CV22 that was about 7.5 nms South East of the Station heading back towards Bembridge at 9 knots. 

It did not take long to reach CV22 and 2 crew members were transferred across to the yacht to assess the casualty.   All three were subsequently picked back up by the Alfred Albert Williams which headed back to Bembridge where an Ambulance was waiting to take the casualty to St Mary's for a check up.  She was fully recovered by 12.45am.