The all weather lifeboat was launched at 16:30 to assist the 21ft sports fisher ‘Marialla’ with three people on board, whose propeller had become fouled.
The casualty was approximately a mile east of the Nab Tower Lighthouse and was drifting with the tide. The Lifeboat was quickly alongside 26 minutes after launching and having established a tow, passage was made back to Southsea Marina – the casualties home port.
As there was a limited depth of water in the marina the Portsmouth Lifeboat, which has a shallower draft,was requested to take over the tow which was completed at 18:08 when the Bembridge lifeboat began its return to station.
Just 4 minutes later Solent Coastguard re-tasked the Bembridge crew to assist Selsey’s RNLI’s offshore and inshore lifeboats who were searching for a missing diver off of Selsey.
Fortunately the diver who had become separated from his diving buddies was found safe and well prior to Bembridge’s arrival on scene and the Lifeboat was stood down and returned to Bembridge.