Breaking News First reported by Island Echo


Bembridge RNLI’s All Weather Lifeboat launched into a choppy sea late this afternoon (Friday) to assist Portsmouth RNLI with a 40ft yacht that had broke its mooring.

Solent Coastguard requested the launch of the ‘Alfred Albert Williams’ – a Tamar-class lifeboat – at around 17:15 when Portsmouth RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat crew asked for help in towing a  yacht that had drifted out of Langstone Harbour.

Bembridge Lifeboat rendezvoused with the ‘Norma T’ a cable north west of Langstone Fairway marker at around 17:45. The Isle of Wight crew then assisted in establishing a tow back into Langstone Harbour in the very turbulent wind-over-tide conditions.

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Once back in smoother waters, the tow was transferred back to the Portsmouth RNLI lifeboat crew, who berthed the yacht on the Hayling Ferry pontoon.

The Alfred Albert Williams All Weather Lifeboat returned to Bembridge boathouse and was recovered by 19:30.

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