Breaking News First reported by Island Echo


Bembridge RNLI’s All Weather Lifeboat launched down the slipway this morning (Saturday) to answer a call for help from a Spanish dredger.

Solent Coastguard requested the launch of the ‘Alfred Albert Williams’ shortly before 10:00 after they had received information form the captain of the 94m ‘Costa la Luz’ that a crew member on board had been taken unwell.

The Tamar-class lifeboat was quickly on scene as the dredger was located just half-a-mile north east of the lifeboat station.

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Despite suffering from a suspected stroke, the casualty was able to freely transfer between the dredger and the lifeboat which sped the rescue up considerably.

Bembridge Lifeboat took the casualty, who did not speak any English, to The Camber in Portsmouth where an ambulance was waiting to transfer him to the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.

The ‘Alfred Albert Williams’ returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 11:15.

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