RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar 16-17) was launched at around 19:30 this evening at the request of Solent Coast Guard to assist Sandown & Shanklin Inshore Rescue recover a 26 foot sailing yacht to Bembridge (Jester Blossom en route to Dartmouth) with two crew onboard that had rigging & engine problems.
Sandown & Shanklin Inshore Rescue had launched earlier in the evening to the yacht off Dunose Head and had her under tow, however had requested support as one of their engines had started to play up. The Alfred Albert Williams rv'd with them in the middle of Sandown Bay at around 19:50 and took over the tow, however as they had member of their crew onboard Jester Blossom and had loaned the two people onboard lifejackets, they followed the Alfred Albert Williams into Bembridge where the Jester Blossom was berthed alongside the Duver Pontoon.
The Alfred Albert Williams then returned to the boathouse and was rehoused by 21:30.
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar 16-17) was launched at around 11:10 this morning (Sunday 2nd October) at the request of Solent CG to locate the 11m fishing boat Prevail with 4 crew onboard, returning from off the French coast to Portsmouth, to make sure that they were ok as their EPIRB was intermittently sending out distress calls & Solent CG had been unable to contact them by VHF radio.
The Alfred Albert Williams located the Prevail about 8 nm South East of Bembridge at around 11:30 and was able to assure Solent CG that all was well. Indeed the crew onboard the fishing vessel had no idea that they had an EPIRB that was playing up. The Alfred Albert Williams then returned to Bembridge and was rehoused by 12:15.