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September 2018

13th September

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at around 4.45pm this afternoon at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to a possible medivac from No Mans Land Fort.   An elderly guest had slipped and banged her head and chest. 

On arrival at No Mans Land Fort, two crew members were landed to assess her condition and recommend the best option for getting her off the Fort so that she could be checked over in hospital.   Having ascertained that she lived on the Isle of Wight is was decided to transfer her to the Alfred Albert Williams and bring her back to the Offshore Boathouse to meet up with an Ambulance.  Two more crew were therefore landed on the Fort with the stretcher and once she was strapped in, the four crew then carried her down to the lifeboat. 

The Alfred Albert Williams then returned to the Offshore Boathouse where the elderly guest was lifted off in the stretcher to await the Ambulance.  The Alfred Albert Williams was then washed down and was recovered by 6pm.

photo credit to Will Matthews (Cowes RNLI)

 

9th September

RNLB Norman Harvey (Inshore Lifeboat D-778) was launched at just after 3pm this afternoon at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist, if required, a kayaker who had been reported by a shore-based friend as possibly in difficulty somewhere between the Lifeboat Station and the entrance to Bembridge Harbour.
 
The Norman Harvey was soon on scene and located the kayaker close to Silver Beach and not requiring any assistance. She then returned to Lane End and was recovered by 3.30pm.
 
No sooner had everyone headed home when RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was requested to launch by UK(Solent) Coastguard to assist the Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 175 with a medivac from a 35ft yacht (Blue Moon of Haslar) located 20+ nm south of the Lifeboat Station with four crew onboard.
 
Although on scene, Rescue 175 was unable to effect a hi-line transfer from the yacht because of the sea conditions (3m swell), hence the request for the Alfred Albert Williams to assist in the transfer.
 
She launched at 3.50pm and was on scene by 4.30pm. Two crew were transferred to the yacht to assist the paramedic who was already onboard prepare the casualty for transfer to Rescue 175 via the Alfred Albert Williams. The initial transfer to the Alfred Albert Williams was achieved while Rescue 175 went back to Lee-on-Solent to refuel and on her return the casualty and the paramedic were winched up and taken to hospital on the mainland.
 
Having made sure that the yacht was happy to head back to Portsmouth, the Alfred Albert Williams then returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 5.45pm.
 
 
 
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) launched at around 11pm this evening (9th September) at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to stand by in Whitecliff Bay in support of the local Coastguard teams, the Coastguard helicopter Rescue 175, police and ambulance service who were dealing with an incident in the Culver Cliff area.  In the event it was successfully concluded at just after 11.30pm and the Alfred Albert Williams returned to the Offshore Boathouse.  She was recovered by midnight.
 

6th September

RNLB Norman Harvey (Inshore Lifeboat D-778) was launched at just after 7pm this evening at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist a 24ft sailing yacht with one person onboard that had gone aground (on a rising tide) near the entrance of Bembridge Harbour. 

The Norman Harvey was on scene by 7.20pm and after discussing the options with the skipper it was agreed to tow the yacht to the Visitors Pontoon.   Having berthed her safely alongside, the Norman Harvey returned back to Lane End and was recovered by 8pm.