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rnlibembridgeAfter a very quiet October, Bembridge RNLI were tasked to two separate incidents in quick succession overnight.

Shortly after 21:30, the All Weather Lifeboat, manned by the volunteer crew, launched to assist a 34ft motor boat with 8 elderly passengers on board that was having trouble getting back to her pontoon on Whale Island in Portsmouth after going aground in the Harbour, resulting in a wrapped prop.

Because of the strong winds and difficulty getting from Langstone to Portsmouth, Portsmouth RNLI, who were originally tasked to the incident, recommended to Solent Coastguard that the Bembridge ALB was better suited for the task.

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On arrival at the scene, the Bembridge crew found the motorboat being towed very slowly towards Whale Island by an MOD Police RIB. An alongside tow was set up and the boat was soon back on her pontoon berth.

Just prior to leaving the harbour, a report was received that the mooring lines of a 35ft fishing boat in the Town Camber had possibly parted and it was not known if there was anyone onboard. Thankfully, it was soon discovered that only one of the lines had parted and there were no persons on board. She was soon re-moored and the Alfred Albert Williams lifeboat headed back to Bembridge.

The very high tide and easterly swell made recovery difficult and after a number of attempts, it was decided to moor up just off the Station until about 02:15, by which time the tide had dropped and the swell had decreased, allowing a quick & smooth recovery.

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