Bembridge RNLI launch in the middle of the night
'RNLB Alfred Albert Williams' (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at 1am this morning (Thursday 31 January) at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to investigate a report of a Red Flare that had been sighted 1 mile south of Ventnor.
'HMS Middleton' (a Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessel) was also in the area searching. Having found nothing after 2 hours, both vessels were released and the Alfred Albert Williams returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 3.15am. For two of the crew it was their first service.
On their return, Guy Willing Coxswain of Bembridge RNLI Lifeboat said: ‘Although on this occasion we were unable to find anyone in trouble, it needed to be checked out and as the Tamar is so well equipped for carrying out searches, it was good that we were requested.’
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