Bembridge RNLI’s all weather lifeboat launched in wet and windy conditions yesterday evening (Monday) to locate and assist a 21ft angling boat, which reported to HM Coastguard that it had lost all power having wrapped the prop on its own anchor warp in the vicinity of the Nab Tower.
The Alfred Albert William lifeboat launched from Bembridge at around 17:30 at the request of the National Maritime Operations Centre, before locating – with some difficulty – the casualty vessel at least 2 miles north of the Nab.
After assessing the situation and the condition of the two crew members on board, a tow was set up and the boat was towed into Langstone Harbour and dropped off on the Hayling Ferry pier.
The lifeboat then returned to Bembridge, however, an immediate recovery was not possible due to the significant north easterly swell that had developed with the incoming tide. The lifeboat crew moored up on the buoy off the Lifeboat Station in the hope that conditions would improve as the tide dropped.
Although still quite lumpy, a very successful recovery was subsequently made at about 22:15.