August 2016

31st August

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams was launched at around 12:30 this afternoon at the request of Solent CG to medevac a crew member of the bulk carrier Federal Spey (which was heading westwards down the Channel enroute for Brazil) who had severely injured a finger and required urgent surgury.

They RV'd with the Federal Spey at around 13:40 and transferred the crew member to the lifeboat using the ship's gangway ladder (and a hoist for his baggage).  The Alfred Albert Williams then returned to the Offshore Boathouse where the casualty was handed over to the ambulance crew who had been organised by Solent Coastguard and taken to St Mary's Hospital.  The Alfred Albert Williams was ready for service again by 15:00.

26th August

Both Bembridge RNLI Lifeboats were in action this afternoon (Friday 26th August), albeit in neither case did they go very far! 

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar 16-17) was launched at around 12:50 at the request of Solent CG to medevac a teenager who had injured himself wakeboarding behind a RIB from Chichester in the vicinity of Bembridge Ledge.  He was placed in a stretcher and recovered to the Offshore Boathouse where he was assessed by a paramedic before being taken with his mother to St Mary's Hospital by Ambulance.  The Alfred Albert Williams was then made ready for further service.

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) was launched at around 15:50 at the request of Solent CG to assist RNLI Sandown Lifeguards with an adult swimmer who had swum some considerable way offshore and was refusing to allow them to return him to the beach using their personal rescue craft.  In the event he did eventually agree to let them help him and the Norman Harvey, which was by that time enroute, was stood down and returned to Lane End.

25th August

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar 16-17) was launched at the request of Solent Coastguard at around 19:30 this evening (Thursday 25th August) to assist a single handed 35 foot cruising catamaran that was struggling to make progress against the tide off Ventnor with no wind and only a small outboard engine.  The Alfred Albert Williams reached the catamaran at around 19:55 and established a tow.  

After discussion with Solent CG, it was agreed that it would be better for all concerned if she was taken to Portsmouth rather than to the Bembridge RNLI Offshore mooring.    Solent CG subsequently arranged for the tow to be transferred to a Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service RIB for the final leg into Portsmouth.  The Alfred Albert Williams then returned to Bembridge and was rehoused by 22:30.

22nd August

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) was launched around 13:20 this afternoon at the request of Solent Coastguard to assist locate a missing person last seen on Culver Down. 

After a coastline search had revealed no sign of the missing person and news that he had been successfully located by the Police, the Norman Harvey returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 14:00.

19th August

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar 16-17) was launched at the request of Solent Coastguard at around 19:30 yesterday (Friday 19th August) to assist a single handed 35 foot sailing yacht that had broken down in the vicinity of No Mans Land Fort and the skipper felt he was unable to safely make Portsmouth under sail. 

A tow was quickly established and the yacht was towed into Haslar Marina.  The Alfred Albert Williams then returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 21:30.

 

14th August

RNLB Norman Harvey (D-778) was "self" launched around 16:15 this afternoon following a report from a member of the public that two people had been spotted on the outer rocks Bembridge Ledge and were in danger of getting cut off by the incoming tide. 

After a thorough search of the area without sighting anyone in difficulty and having liaised with the local CG team it was concluded that the two must have managed to make their own way back to the beach, so the Norman Harvey returned to Lane End and was recovered by 17:00.

2nd August

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams was launched at around 13:55 this afternoon at the request of Solent CG to assist Cowes & Calshot RNLI Atlantic 85's with a 30 foot motor catamaran (Twin Wakes) with 7 people on board that was in danger of sinking off Lee on Solent. 

The Alfred Albert Williams arrived on scene at around 14:20 by which time the crew had been taken off by the Police launch that had been in the area.  The salvage pump and two crew were transferred to Twin Wakes by Cowes Lifeboat and the hull that was full of water was pumped out.  She was then towed safely back to Cowes.  It would appear that the water had come in after an engine water pipe in one of the hulls had split as there was no sign of a leak from anywhere else during the tow. 

The Alfred Albert Williams then returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 16:50 and prepared for the planned 19:00 training launch that was subsequently carried out to a packed house.