Timely assistance from Bembridge RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Having launched earlier in the morning in support of Brading Haven YC's 'Push the Boat Out' Open Day, 'RNLB Alfred Albert Williams' (Tamar All-Weather Lifeboat 16-17) tows a disabled yacht into Bembridge Harbour

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams with yacht under tow

Graham Reading

Under tow

On her way out of Bembridge harbour early this afternoon, the Alfred Albert Williams was tasked by UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist a 36 foot yacht with 3 crew onboard that had reported something caught round her propeller off Priory Bay.

As she was not far from the yacht when the call came in, it did not take long to establish a tow and to then tow the yacht to the Visitor's Pontoon in the harbour. Once the yacht was safely berthed, the Alfred Albert Williams returned to the Offshore Boathouse and despite the tricky sea conditions at the bottom of the slipway, she was recovered (on the first attempt) by 1pm.

Guy Willing, Coxswain of Bembridge RNLI, said 'It was a very timely 'shout' as the disabled yacht was almost on our track back to the Lifeboat Station after a very successful couple of hours at Brading Haven YC showing people around the Alfred Albert Williams. As a result it did not take us long to tow her into the harbour.'

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Mike Samuelson, Bembridge RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07785 593254 or mikesam06@gmail.com

Paul Dunt, RNLI Press Officer London/East/South East) on 0207 6207416, 07785 296252 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

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RNLB Alfred Albert Williams & Classic Dream entering Bembridge Harbour

Graham Reading

Entering Bembridge Harbour
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams with Classic Dream alongside

Graham Reading

Bringing into the Visitors Pontoon
Track of RNLB Alfred Albert Williams

RNLI/Mike Samuelson


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