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September 2021

22nd September

Bembridge RNLI's All-Weather Lifeboat Inshore Lifeboat (RNLB Alfred Albert Williams) launched to assist a 36ft yacht with one person onboard that was becalmed and engineless in the main shipping channel close to No Mans Land Fort.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) launched this morning at just after 10am at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist a 36ft steel ketch that was becalmed and without a working engine in the shipping channel not far from No Mans Land Fort with one person onboard.  Conditions were very benign so it did not take the Alfred Albert Williams long to reach the yacht and ascertain that the engine failure was due to a snapped fuel filter.  Having carried out a dynamic risk assessment it was decided that the best option was to tow the yacht into Portsmouth.  After safely berthing her alongside at Endeavour Quay the Alfred Albert Williams returned to Bembridge and was rehoused by 11.50am.   The yacht had been in transit from Brighton to Bournemouth.

17th September

Bembridge RNLI's Inshore Lifeboat (RNLB Norman Harvey) launched this morning to assist a 17 foot open angling boat with 2 people on board who had reported that they were just north of Bembridge and taking in water.
 
RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) was requested (at 9.15am) by UK (Solent Coastguard) to assist a 17 foot open angling boat from Portsmouth with 2 people on board who had reported that they were just north of Bembridge and taking in water.  By the time the Norman Harvey had launched (c9.25am), the boat had been sensibly beached about 500m west of the Lifeboat Station. Having checked the two crew were alright, the Norman Harvey returned to Lane End, picked up a pump and returned back to the angling boat. Once the water had been pumped out, she escorted the boat into Bembridge Harbour and 'handed her over' to the harbour staff (and local CG teams). The Norman Harvey then returned to Lane End and was recovered by 11am.  Conditions were pretty benign - NE F1-2.
 

12th September

Bembridge RNLI's All-Weather Lifeboat (RNLB Alfred Albert Williams) launched to assist in the recovery of a twin engined 30 foot motor cruiser that had run aground earlier on the Bembridge Ledge

Following on yesterday evening's Inshore Lifeboat shout to the 30 foot motor cruiser grounded on the Bembridge Ledge, RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) launched as planned at just after midnight.  After a three quarters of an hour delay waiting for the tide to make enough to refloat the motor cruiser, the Y boat was able to secure a towline (without needing to launch the Inshore Lifeboat again) and the Alfred Albert Williams proceeded to tow the boat to the entrance of Chichester Harbour (NW F1-2) where the tow was transferred to Hayling Island RNLI's Atlantic 85.  The Alfred Albert Williams then returned to Bembridge and was re-housed by 3am. 

11th September

Bembridge RNLI's Inshore Lifeboat (RNLB Norman Harvey) launched to assist extract an elderly member of the crew of a twin engined 30 foot motor cruiser that had run aground earlier on the Bembridge Ledge

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) was requested by UK (Solent Coastguard) to assist the local CG teams (Bembridge & Ventnor) extract an elderly crew member from a 30 foot motor cruiser that had grounded earlier on the Bembridge Ledge on a falling tide.   Having launched at 7.27pm, the Norman Harvey did not take long (F4 Westerly) to reach the grounded vessel and having discussed options with those onboard, it was decided to recover all three people onboard back to the Inshore Lifeboat Station to wait for the tide to refloat the vessel.   Prior to leaving, they ensured that the anchor was appropriately deployed.  

After further discussions ashore, it was agreed that all three crew of the casualty vessel would make their own way back home to Hayling Island and that both Bembridge Lifeboats (RNLB Norman Harvey & RNLB Alfred Albert Williams) would launch around midnight to recover the casualty vessel with the Alfred Albert Williams then towing her to Chichester.  With High Water Portsmouth at 3.27am recovery to Bembridge Harbour would mean an even later wrap up.

10th September

Bembridge RNLI's Inshore Lifeboat (RNLB Norman Harvey) launched to locate and assist two people who had been reported as being in difficulty returning from walking to St Helens Fort.
 
RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) launched earlier this evening at the request of UK (Solent Coastguard) to investigate a report of two people who were thought to be in difficulties returning from walking to the St Helens Fort (LW Portsmouth 7.51pm 0.7m).
 
Having launched at just after 8.55pm it did not take them long to reach the area (WSW F4) and conduct a visual search of the surrounds of the Fort, the shingle causeway and Priory Bay area. Whilst they were doing this witnesses had been interviewed by the local Coastguard Rescue Team who confirmed that in fact three people had been seen walking out to the Fort but that they had returned safely and had headed along the beach towards Seaview.
 
Having not sighted anything of concern the Norman Harvey was released and returned to Lane End. She was recovered by 9.40pm.
 

5th September

Bembridge RNLI's  All-Weather Lifeboat (RNLB Alfred Albert Williams) was launched this evening to medivac a passenger from the cruise ship Regal Princess located in the Nab Anchorage.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched earlier this evening (at 8.17pm) at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to medivac a male passenger from the cruise ship Regal Princess that was located in the Nab Anchorage.  Conditions were very benign so It did not take the Alfred Albert Williams long to reach the Regal Princess and transfer two crew onboard to assess the situation.    The casualty was suffering from anxiety and not feeling well so was transferred with his wife and their luggage to the Alfred Albert Williams and taken back to the Offshore Boathouse.  Overnight accommodation has been arranged for them in Ryde. The Alfred Albert Williams was recovered by 9.15pm.