The Bembridge Lifeboat was launched just after midday today (Tuesday 28th August) in response to a request from UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist a 42 foot sailing yacht that had 6 crew onboard and was taking in water about 10 miles south of St Catherine’s Point.
‘The Alfred Albert Williams’ located the yacht at around 12.40pm and transferred the lifeboat mechanic across to her to see if he could resolve the problem. Having successfully effected a temporary repair, he returned back to the ‘Alfred Albert Williams’. Rather than continuing onto her destination, Cherbourg, the yacht wisely decided to head back to her home port of Gosport so a more permanent repair could be carried out.
Having shadowed her for a bit to make sure that all was ok, the ‘Alfred Albert Williams’ returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 2.45pm.