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Bembridge RNLI continues to provide cover for badly listing Russian vessel

Lifeboats News Release

At around midday it was agreed that the Bembridge all-weather Tamar lifeboat 'Alfred Albert Williams' could remain on standby to assist the Russian flagged 'Mekhanik Yartsev' while berthed in Cowes, rather than in the immediate vincinity of the listing vessel.

Photo of the Mekhanic Yartsev at anchor early morning 27 Dec 17

RNLI/Justin Gentleman

Mekhanic Yartsev still at anchor

The Alfred Albert Williams will remain on immediate notice for the Russian flagged vessel whihich remains anchored off Lee-on-Solent, but will now do this while berthed at Trinity Landing.

The current plan is for the Bembridge lifeboat to remain there until around 9pm when she will return to Bembridge and Yarmouth RNLI's all-weather Severn Class Lifeboat Eric and Susan Hiscock will provide immediate readiness cover from Yarmouth.

Assuming the weather continues to moderate it is understood that the Mekhanik Yartsev will be moved to Southampton tomorrow morning. It is likely that the Alfred Albert Williams will re-launch to cover the move.

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  • Paul Dunt, RNLI Press Officer London/East/South East) on 0207 6207416, 07786 668825 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk
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Photo of the listing Mekhanik Yartsev at anchor with RNLB Alfred Albert Williams close by

RNLI/isleofwightwebcams.co.uk

Mid-morning 27 Dec 17

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