September 2017

2nd September

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) launched at around 4.40pm this afternoon at the request of UK Coastguard to investigate the report of a small speedboat that had broken down in Whitecliff Bay to see what assistance might be required. 

The Norman Harvey did not take long to locate the boat with two people onboard, however they had by then managed to resolve their problem and restarted their engine.  Having satisfied themselves that no further assistance was required, the Norman Harvey returned to Lane End and was recovered by 5.15pm.

8th September

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar 16-17), having only returned to Bembridge from the All Weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole two days ago, was launched at 11.30am in response to a request from UK Coastguard to assist a 50 foot wooden Motor Fishing Vessel 'Veronica' with 2 people and a dog onboard that had mechanical problems (intermittent power and an overheating gear box) in the vicinity of Chichester Harbour entrance. 

By the time that they located 'Veronica' she had managed to negotiate the harbour entrance with some assistance from Hayling Rescue, however in view of the inclement weather conditions and intermittent mechanical problems, it was agreed that she would be placed under tow. 

Having ascertained from UK Coastguard that there were no spare berths in Sparkes Marina (which is just to the west of the harbour entrance), the Alfred Albert Williams established an alongside tow and took the Veronica all the way down to Chichester Marina where she was moored up on a waiting mooring. 

The Alfred Albert Williams then returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 2.30pm

 

11th September

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar 16-17) was launched at around 6am this morning by UK Coastguard to the Offshore Supply Ship Ievoli Cobalt located in St Helens Roads following a report that a crew member had possibly suffered a stroke. 

The Alfred Albert Williams was on scene by 6.10am and transferred two crew members to the Ievoli Cobalt who after an initial assessment carried out CPR on the casualty until the arrival of the Coastguard helicopter's paramedic.   The casualty was then evacuated by the helicopter and flown to St Mary's Hospital, Newport. 

Having picked her two members back up, the Alfred Albert Williams then returned to the Boathouse and was recovered by 7.15am.

 

30th September

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar 16-17) was launched at the request of UK Coastguard at around 9.40pm this evening to assist the 39 foot, 17 ton sailing yacht Rosalyn with three crew onboard (one of whom was feeling unwell) whose engine had failed 5nm NE of Bembridge whilst on passage from Lowestoft to South Wales. 

The Alfred Albert Williams was on scene by 9.58pm and quickly established a tow to Portsmouth.  Having successfully berthed Rosalyn at Gosport Marina (Haslar Marina was full) by just after midnight, the Alfred Albert Williams returned Bembridge and was recovered by 1am.