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BEMBRIDGE LIFEBOAT LAUNCHED TO MOTOR CRUISER WITH REPORTED ENGINE FIRE

Bembridge RNLI’s All Weather Lifeboat launched to reports of a motor cruiser with an engine fire to the north of No Mans Land Fort this morning (Wednesday).

Solent Coastguard requested the launch of the Tamar-class lifeboat shortly before 11:00 following a call for help from the 34ft Fairline with 2 persons on board.

Volunteer lifeboat crew members launched the ‘Alfred Albert Williams’ in benign conditions and quickly located the casualty vessel in the main Solent shipping channel.

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The lifeboat’s mechanic was put on board the motor cruiser and discovered an overheating engine. Once it was confirmed that the vessel’s second engine was fine, the mechanic transferred back to the lifeboat.

Bembridge Lifeboat escorted the cruiser for a short while to ensure all was well on its journey back to Chichester. The Bembridge crew then stood down and returned to the boathouse at Lane End, arriving by midday.

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