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.
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.
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.
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.
The ALB (RNLB Peter and Lesley-Jane Nicholson) launched at around 01:10 to assist a 17ft outboard engined boat with an elderly skipper and two other crew who had become disorientated and had anchored as they were unsure of their position. Using DF they were quickly located close to the entrance of Bembridge harbour and escorted back to their moorings at the top end of the harbour. The ALB was re-housed by 02:30.
Having launched at around 15:20 in support of our annual Open Day, the Alfred Albert Williams was tasked towards the end of the demonstration (at around 15:45) to assist a 22ft inboard engined angling boat with three crew onboard that had a rope round its prop just south of the Bembridge Ledge. The boat was towed into Bembridge Harbour as the closest safe haven.
Three ALB shouts this afternoon. The first was at around 13:40 when the Alfred Albert Williams launched to take over the tow from the Sandown & Shanklin Inshore Lifeboat of a 38ft motor cruiser with 2 persons onboard that had broken down off St Catherine's Point earlier in the day. The motor cruiser was subsequently towed into Portsmouth. On returning to Bembridge the ALB carried out a hi-line training exercise with the Coastguard helicopter; she was re-housed by 16:00.
The Alfred Albert Williams launched at around 00:10 to assist a single handed 32 foot sailing yacht that had left Falmouth 3 days ago and was midway between Bembridge & Langstone snagged on either a fishing net or lobster pot. The ALB successfully freed the yacht using a grapple and as her engine was not working towed her into Haslar Marina. The Alfred Albert Williams returned to Bembridge and was re-housed by 02:20.
The ALB & ILB were launched just after 18:00 in support of the local Coastguard and Police following the report of a possible missing person who was thought to have stolen a speedboat from the Driftwood Bar area in Sandown Bay. Both boats were subsequently stood down at 18:45 and returned to Bembridge when it was confirmed that the suspect had been apprehended ashore by the Police.