A challenging 'shout' for 'RNLB Alfred Albert Williams'
'RNLB Alfred Albert Williams' (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at around 8.45pm yesterday evening (8 November) at the request of UK Coastguard to assist a 15m sailing yacht located about 10 miles east of Bembridge with six crew on board, one of whom had an injured wrist.
The yacht's engine was not working and she only had very limited steering; although she had a headsail up, she was not making much progress to her home port of Cowes in the F6 SSE breeze and 3m swell.
The Alfred Albert Williams reached the yacht at 9.10pm and having discussed the options with the skipper it was initially decided to take her under tow to Bembridge, however this was subsequently changed to Portsmouth (Gosport Marina) due to the state of the tide and the swell on the Boathouse slipway that would require the Alfred Albert Williams to delay her return until the tide had dropped. Getting the tow connected was not easy as the yacht was lying beam on the sea and rocking gunwhale to gunwhale at times.
Paul Dunt, RNLI Press Officer London/East/South East) on 0207 6207416, 07785 296252 firstname.lastname@example.org
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