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March 2022

21st March

Bembridge RNLI's All-Weather Lifeboat (RNLB Alfred Albert Williams) was launched at 11.45am to investigate a report of an unmanned rubber dinghy in the vicinity of the Nab Tower.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at the request of UK (Solent Coastguard) at around 11.45am this morning to investigate a report from a Dutch Warship (HNLMS Tromp) of a rubber dinghy floating in the vicinity of the Nab Tower.   Conditions were very benign so it did not take them long to reach the area and locate & recover the unmanned dinghy.  The Alfred Albert Williams then returned back to the Offshore Boathouse and was recovered by 12.30pm.

 

14th March

Bembridge RNLI's All-Weather Lifeboat (RNLB Alfred Albert Williams) was launched at 1.06pm this afternoon to assist in the recovery of a Man Overboard reported from 14m commercial motor vessel.
 
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 1.06pm at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist in the recovery of a Man Overboard from a commercially operated 14m motor vessel located south of the Isle of Wight. Within about 30 seconds of launching, the incident was cancelled after the vessel reported that they had successfully self-recovered the MOB and no longer required assistance. The Alfred Albert Williams therefore returned to the Offshore Boathouse and was recovered by 1.30pm.
 
 

9th March

Bembridge RNLI's All-Weather Lifeboat (RNLB Alfred Albert Williams) was launched at midday to stand by off Culver Cliff following a report of a person on the wrong side of the fence on the cliff top.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at just after midday at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to stand by off Culver Cliff as a person had been spotted the wrong side of the fence at the top of the cliff.   Conditions were reasonably bumpy in the SSE F4, gusting F5 breeze but the Alfred Albert Williams was on scene by 12.15pm.  Bembridge and Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Teams and the Police were on scene at the top of the cliff and the incident was successfully resolved at just before 12.30pm.    The Alfred Albert Williams then returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 12.45pm.

5th March 

Bembridge RNLI's Inshore Lifeboat (RNLB Norman Harvey) was launched this evening to assist a 10m ocean rowing boat that had run aground on the Bembridge Ledge.
 
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was requested to launch at 8.33pm and then RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) a few minutes later by UK (Solent Coastguard) to locate and assist a 10m ocean rowing boat (GB Row Challenger) with 6 crew onboard that had run aground on the Bembridge Ledge.   
 
In the event, it was decided to launch the Norman Harvey and for the Alfred Albert Williams to be on standby in case she was subsequently required.    It obviously did not take the Norman Harvey long to reach the casualty vessel and having ascertained that everyone onboard was ok, she set up a tow and was able to pull the boat clear of the Ledge. 
 
After carrying out a dynamic risk assessment it was decided to tow the casualty vessel into Bembridge to overnight rather than to Priory Bay where she had planned to anchor for the night.  Having secured her to the Visitors Pontoon, the Norman Harvey returned to Lane End and was recovered by 10.30pm.