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Bembridge RNLI launched their All-Weather Lifeboat to assist a 50ft yacht that had become tangled with a lobster pot earlier on this afternoon (Monday).

‘Alfred Albert Williams’ was launched at 12:45 in response to a request from Solent Coastguard to assist Hayling Island RNLI’s Atlantic 85 Lifeboat with a 50ft yacht – with 3 crew onboard – that had a lobster pot caught around its propeller and rudder.

It did not take long to reach the yacht as she was mid-Solent between Bembridge and Hayling Island.

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The already-established tow was transferred to the Bembridge Lifeboat as, being a Tamar class Lifeboat, she obviously had more pulling power than Hayling’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat which then managed to free the yacht from the potline.

After 10 minutes the tow was transferred back to the Atlantic 85 and having made sure they were happy with towing the yacht into Chichester Harbour – where she had come from this morning – the Alfred Albert Williams returned to the Boathouse and was recovered by 14:00.

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