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July 2015

July 2015

28th July

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.

June 2015

28th June

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.

May 2015

26th May

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.

April 2015

21st April

The Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar 16-17) was launched at around 01:15 this morning to go to the assistance of a single handed 36ft motor sailing yacht whose engine had broken down and was struggling to make any progress under sail against the very strong tide 16 miles south of Bembridge Ledge. 

March 2015

12th March

The Alfred Albert Williams was launched at 02:40 to assist a 27ft yacht that had lost all power and was in the main channel in the vicinity of No Mans Land Fort with 2 crew onboard.  They did not have any VHF communications and had alerted Solent Coastguard on a mobile phone. 

The yacht was eventually located off Spit Bank Fort at around 03:15.  They towed her to Haslar Marina and were back on the slip at Bembridge by 04:00.

January 2015

21st January

The first launch of the Bembridge offshore Tamar Lifeboat “Alfred Albert Williams” this year occurred today when Solent Coastguard requested our assistance to search for a missing woman.

The woman was on the overnight sailing of the Brittany ferry “Mont St Michel” from Portsmouth to Caen France, having docked in Caen this morning an unattended bag, passport and other personal items were found.

Launching at 11.07 the Lifeboat was tasked to carry out a search mirroring the ferries route towards an area approximately 20 miles off of the French coast.

February 2015

9th February

The ILB launched at about 10:30 this morning in support of the Police & local Coastguard to help locate someone (understood to be a male in his 50s) who was missing on Culver Down.  After the man was located on the edge of the cliff, the ILB stood off monitoring the situation for over an hour and a half and returned to Bembridge at about 12:30 and placed on 5 minute standby.   Local media have since reported that the man was successfully taken to safety at around 13:50 and subsequently taken to St Mary's Hospital for a check up.


7th December

The Alfred Albert Williams launched at about 11:15 to go to the assistance of an 18ft sailing cruiser off Seaview with 2 crew on board that had lost its rudder and was without any propulsion.  The yacht was taken in tow to the entrance of Bembridge Harbour where she was handed over to the harbour staff who then towed her up to the Duver Marina pontoon where she was met by members of the local coastguard team.  The AAW returned to the Offshore Boathouse and was re-housed by 12:30.


17th November

RNLB Alfred Albert William launched in wet and windy conditions (NE F5-6) at about 17:10 this evening to locate and assist a 21ft angling boat that had reported that it had lost all power having prop wrapped on its anchor warp in the vicinity of the Nab Tower with 2 people on board. 




The ALB launched at 15:00 to assist a 47ft ex-tugboat that had initially broken down and subsequently reported that it was taking on water on its way from Newport to Southampton with 2 crew onboard.  On arrival on scene the mechanic went on board the tug to see if temporary repairs were possible, however as nothing could be done, the tug was towed back to Trinity Landing in Cowes.  The Peter & Lesley-Jane Nicholson then returned to Bembridge and was re-housed by 17:30.


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