RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar 16-17) launched at around 17:45 this afternoon at the request of Solent Coastguard following a report from the Brittany Ferry Bretagne on its way to Portsmouth that a passenger had seen someone in the water about 2 miles south of Bembridge Ledge.
Once on scene the Y boat was launched and sadly a body was recovered which was then brought back to the Offshore Lifeboat Station where it was handed over to the local Police. The Alfred Albert Williams rehoused at around 18:35.
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar 16-17) launched at 08:51 this morning at the request of Solent Coastguard to locate and provide assistance to a 22 foot sailing boat with 1 crew member onboard that had suffered gear & mechanical failure somewhere between Ventnor & St Catherine's Point.
At 19:00 on Sunday evening the Frank and Anne Wilkinson (relief Tamar 16-06) was launched at the request of Solent Coastguard to assist the Starry Dancer, a 30ft motor cruiser en route from Le Havre to Langstone Harbour with two crew on board that had run into difficulties in the fog about 10 miles south of the Bembridge Ledge.
At 09:30 on Saturday morning the Frank and Anne Wilkinson (relief Tamar 16-06) was launched at the request of Solent Coastguard to assist the Charlotte Rose, a 31ft charter angling boat from Langstone Harbour with 8 persons onboard that had broken down close to the Nab Tower. Having ascertained that a local repair was not possible a tow was secured by 09:45 and the Charlotte Rose was towed back to Langstone. The Frank and Anne Wilkinson then returned to Bembridge and was rehoused by 11:00.
The Frank and Anne Wilkinson (relief Tamar 16-06) launched at 01:33 at the request of Solent Coastguard to assist a 20m converted (to a "tall ship") MFV with 5 crew on board approximately 5 miles SSW of St Catherine's Point that had reported (on a mobile as their VHF was not working) that she was taking in water.
The "Norman Harvey" (D-778) was launched at around 07:20 following a request by Solent Coastguard to assist a 30ft sailing yacht that had gone aground at the entrance to Bembridge Harbour with 2 crew onboard after straying outside the channel. Although the "Norman Harvey" was quickly on scene, the yacht was well and truly stuck so the crew were taken ashore at the Duver Marina. D-778 then returned to Lane End and was recovered by 08:00.
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar 16-17) launched at around 14:15 this afternoon at the request of Solent Coastguard to assist in a medivac of a casualty from the super yacht Eleonora initially located north of St Helens Fort. In the event, the Lifeboat stood by whilst the casualty was eventually winched up to the CG helicopter, Rescue 104, and taken to hospital on the mainland. The AAW then returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 15:45.
The Bembridge RNLI Tamar class Lifeboat “Alfred Albert Williams” was launched at the request of Solent Coastguard at 4.30pm to assist the 21’ sports fisher “Marialla” with three people on board whose propeller had become fouled.
The casualty was approximately a mile east of the Nab Tower and was drifting with the tide. The Lifeboat was quickly alongside 26 minutes after launching and having established a tow, passage was made back to Southsea Marina, the casualties home port.
In the event a false alarm but it might well not have been. The Tamar Class All Weather Lifeboat, Alfred Albert Williams (AAW) launched at about 17:10 at the request of Solent CG to investigate a report of an anchored but unmanned motorboat with its engine running to the south of No Mans Land Fort.