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Bembridge RNLI tow broken down 30 foot motor cruiser to safety in bitter cold.

Lifeboats News Release

RNLB 'Alfred Albert Williams' (Tamar all-weather Lifeboat 16-17) was launched at just after 8.30am this morning (Wednesday 28 February) at the request of UK Coastguard to a 30 foot motor boat with two crew onboard that had lost all power and was taking on water.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams close to Bembridge Ledge buoy

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RNLB Alfred Albert Williams close to Bembridge Ledge buoy

Assisted by Sandown and Shanklin independent lifeboat, the salvage pump and two crew members were transferred to the boat, which was close to Sandown Pier and a tow to Bembridge Harbour was established by 9.15am.

Progress was slow in the 2m - 4m North Easterly swell which built as they neared Bembridge Ledge buoy and once past the Offshore Boathouse they decided it was too risky to try to enter Bembridge Harbour so they diverted to Haslar Marina in Portsmouth.

Having safely secured the boat alongside a pontoon by midday, the Alfred Albert Williams remained at Haslar until approximately 2.30pm to allow conditions on the slipway at Bembridge to abate.

After a number of attempts and the shore crew reverting to the old throw line routine as it was too windy for the pole system to work, the Alfred Albert Williams was successfully recovered by 3.45pm. It was so cold that parts of the upper deck were iced up after having been washed down!

Steve Simonds, Coxswain Bembridge Lifeboat said: 'Conditions were certainly not very pleasant and the swell and strong North Easterly made for a slow tow. However, it was very satisfying for the crew and everyone else involved that we were able to get the vessel safely into Portsmouth Harbour.'

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

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

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Chandos under tow close to Bembridge Ledge buoy

RNLI/Mike Samuelson

Chandos under tow close to Bembridge Ledge buoy
Waves breaking under Bembridge Lifeboat Station at around 11am

RNLI/Mike Samuelson

Conditions at Bembridge at around 11am
RNLB Alfred Albert Williams preparing to recover

RNLI/Mike Samuelson

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams preparing to recover
Ice on RNLB Alfred Albert Williams after her wash down

RNLI/Mike Samuelson

Ice on RNLB Alfred Albert Williams after her wash down

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