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September 2020

21st September

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Tamar Lifeboat launched to assist a 40ft yacht that was becalmed (and engine had failed) just south of the Nab Tower.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at around 11:45 this morning at the request of Solent Coastguard to assist a Swan 40 sailing yacht with 3 crew onboard that was on a delivery trip to Finland but had become becalmed (and engine had failed) in the shipping channel just to the south of the Nab Tower. 

Conditions were very benign so it did not take long for the yacht to be located and a tow established to Portsmouth (the tide had not made enough to risk Bembridge).   Having berthed the yacht safely alongside Endeavour Quay, the Alfred Albert Wiiliams returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 2.15pm.  Photos by Ollie Joy.

19th September

Bembridge RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat launched at just after 8pm this evening to help search for a 'Fort Walker' who had not been accounted for having walked out to St Helens Fort at low tide.

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-Class Inshore Lifeboat 778) was launched at around 8.04pm this evening at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team locate a 'Fort Walker' who was one of the last seen around St Helens Fort after a number of people had taken advantage of this evening's Spring tide to walk to the Fort. 

The Norman Harvey conducted a thorough search of the Fort area and the shingle causeway to both the St Helens and Bembridge shores but did not spot anyone in difficulty.  They therefore returned to Lane End and were recoverd by 8.45pm.

19th September

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Tamar Lifeboat launched to assist a 38ft yacht with damaged sails and engine failure 2nm to the east of Bembridge.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at just after 5.30pm this afternoon at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist an unnamed, 38ft custom built sailing yacht from Littlehampton that had damaged sails and engine failure with two crew onboard that was understood to be located about 4nm east of the boathouse.  

Sea conditions were moderate in the F4 north easterly breeze and the Alfred Albert Williams successfully located the yacht, which was considerably closer than originally reported, at around 5.45pm.  Having established that the crew were uninjured a tow to Chichester was quickly set up.  Arrangements were made with UK (Solent) CG for Hayling Island RNLI's Atlantic 85 (B829) to take over the tow at the entrance to Chichester Harbour.  Once the transfer had been successfully completed, the Alfred Albert Williams then returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 7.20pm.  Photos by Jason Clarke.

 

14th September

Bembridge RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat launched at just after midday to a male casualty who had fallen on the rocks between Priory Bay and Nodes Point.

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-Class Inshore Lifeboat 778) was launched at around 12.10pm today at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to a male casualty with a head injury located between Priory Bay & Nodes Point.  Conditions were a bit lumpy (East South East F4) but it did not take long to reach the casualty.  Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Teams and the Coastguard helicopter (Rescue 175) were also tasked as the casualty was in a quite a difficult location to extract.   In the event, the casualty, who was able to walk, was taken (with his wife) by the Norman Harvey to Seagrove Bay to link up with Ventnor CRT who had requested an ambulance.   Having assessed that the casualty was ok, the Norman Harvey then returned to Lane End and was recovered by 1.20pm.  Photos by Fred Milne.

  

10th September

Bembridge RNLI’s All-Weather Tamar Lifeboat launched to assist two yachts who had collided close to Horse Tail Channel bouy.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at at 12.15pm this afternoon at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist two yachts (one 38ft and the other 30ft) with 2 crew on each that had collided in the vicinity of Horse Tail Channel buoy.  

Conditions were benign (F2 NNE) so the Alfred Albert Williams only took 5 minutes to reach the two vessels.  Having ascertained that none of the crew were injured, two lifeboat crew were transfered to the smaller of the two yachts which had a broken mast to help make her safe. 

Once this was done, the larger of the two yachts headed to Gosport Marina to be checked over and the dismasted yacht made her way under her own power to Chichester.  Having recovered her two crew, the Alfred Albert Williams returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 1.30pm.

Photos by Bryan Jones

6th September

Bembridge RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat launched this evening to assist 7m RIB from Southampton that had badly damaged the bottom end of their outboard engine.

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-Class Inshore Lifeboat 778) was launched at around 6.05pm this evening at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist a 7m RIB that had set off a Red Flare close to the Bembridge Ledge Cardinal Mark.  On reaching the RIB, which had two adults and three children onboard, it transpired that the family came from Southampton but had badly damaged the bottom end of the engine having probably hit the Ledge rocks.   

Having ascertained that there were no injuries, the Norman Harvey took the RIB under tow to Bembridge Harbour.  Once safely berthed on the Visitors Pontoon and having liaised with the local Coastguard team, the Norman Harvey returned to Lane End and was recovered by 7.30pm.

On scene photo by Fred Milne