Timely assistance from Bembridge RNLI
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
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.'
RNLI media contacts
Mike Samuelson, Bembridge RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07785 593254 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Dunt, RNLI Press Officer London/East/South East) on 0207 6207416, 07785 296252 email@example.com
For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.