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Bembridge RNLI lifeboat launched into the darkness of night and Force 7 winds at just gone midnight this morning (New Years Eve).

The Tamar-class All Weather Lifeboat (ALB) and her volunteer crew were tasked to assist a 56-year-old crew member with a suspected dislocated shoulder onboard the 87m coaster ‘KOSSAU’, located some 18 nautical miles east of Bembridge.

Conditions were pretty unpleasant for the crew with a Force 7 wind, gusting Force 8 South Westerly with heavy rain.

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With the lifeboat making waves and now located roughly 4 miles east of the Nab Tower, the Captain of the KOSSAU informed HM Coastguard that as the injured crew member was the Chief Engineer he had decided to head into St Helens Anchorage and make the transfer at anchor.

The ‘Alfred Albert Williams’ ALB therefore proceeded back towards Bembridge and waited for the KOSSAU to anchor.

On reaching the anchorage, the KOSSAU made a number of unsuccessful attempts to anchor and therefore the Captain decided to continue into Southampton and arrange for the injured Chief Engineer to be conveyed to hospital once berthed.

Bembridge Lifeboat was stood down and returned to the lifeboat station at 03:20 having spent over 3 hours at sea in the stormy conditions.

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