Bembridge RNLI launches in strong winds to assist injured crew member on coaster
The Bembridge RNLI all-weather Tamar lifeboat 'Alfred Albert Williams' was launched just after midnight, in the early hours of New Year's Eve, at the request of the UK Coastguard to evacuate a medical casualty with a suspected dislocated shoulder from a coaster.
Conditions were pretty unpleasant - F7, gusting F8 south westerly with heavy rain. With the Alfred Albert Williams roughly four miles east of the Nab Tower, the captain of the Kossau informed HM Coastguard that as the injured crew member was the chief engineer he had decided to head into St Helens Anchorage and make the transfer at anchor.
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