It was reported to the National Maritime Operations Centre that the yacht had 3 crew on board and that a fishing net or lobster pot had become wrapped around the boat’s prop around half a mile off the coast.
Following an immediate launch, the yacht was located by the lifeboat at about 22:30 and freed by the volunteer crew using a grapple. However, as there was still some rope around the prop it was decided to set up a tow to the entrance of Chichester Harbour, where the yacht was transferred to the Hayling Island ILB at 01:00.
The Alfred Albert Williams ALB returned to Bembridge and was re-housed by 01:45.
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