October 2016

15th October

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.

5th October

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar 16-17) was launched at around 16:00 this afternoon (Wednesday 5th October) at the request of Solent Coastguard to medivac a crew member from the Dutch registered coaster Norrfury en route for Grimbergan who had injured his hand.
 
Using the emergency steering position on the Upper Bridge Deck following a steering system malfunction soon after launching, the Alfred Albert Williams rv'd with the Norrfury about 7nm South East of Bembridge at around 16:30 and despite the rough sea conditions successfully came alongside and the casualty was able to safely step onboard.
 
The Alfred Albert Williams then headed, at the recommendation of Solent CG who had ascertained that St Mary's had a specialist surgeon available, to Cowes and was alongside Trinity Pontoon by around 17:50.  Unfortunately the ambulance that had been requested by Solent CG had been diverted to a higher priority task, however fortunately one of the crew member's girlfriends had just come in on the Red Jet and along with the crew member kindly took the casualty to A&E in her car!   After waiting for just over an hour in Cowes to allow the tide to drop so that the rough conditions on the slipway had time to reduce, the Alfred Albert Williams returned to Bembridge and was successfully rehoused on the first attempt by 19:30.  To watch a short clip of her launching click here.
 
                          


2nd October

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.