The ILB was launched at 20:10 when reports were received that a speed boat with three people on board was broken down in Priory Bay. Arriving on scene the ILB passed a towline and towed the boat into Bembridge harbour. After checking over the engine and getting it running, the speed boat returned under its own power, (escorted by the Inshore Lifeboat as far as “Nomans Land Fort” in the middle of the Solent) made its own way back to Portsmouth.
The Tamar Class Lifeboat "Alfred Albert Williams" was officially placed on service at 22:00hrs on Wednesday 20th October 2010 after the Depty Divisional Inspectors exercise and will officially be known now as Bembridge Lifeboat
We launched at 18:28 at the request of Solent MRCC after the spoken words Mayday were received stating that a 20ft speedboat had hit an submerged object to the east of St Catherine’s point.
On route Solent gave us a Datum point to start an expanding square search, with the first heading of 270°, and a track spacing of ½ mile, the visibility was down to around ½ a mile sometimes less with a moderate sea.