RNLI Alfred Albert William Bembridge lifeboat was launched at just after 3.30pm this afternoon (Sunday September 9th) at the request of UK (Solent) Coastguard to assist the Coastguard Helicopter ‘Rescue 175’ with a medivac from a 35ft yacht located 20+ nm south of the Lifeboat Station with four crew onboard.
Although on the scene, The helicopter that was running low on fuel was unable to effect a hi-line transfer from the yacht because of the sea conditions (3m swell), hence the request for the Alfred Albert Williams to assist in the transfer.
Once on scene two of the lifeboat crew were transferred to assist the helicopter paramedic who was winched onboard the yacht to prepare the casualty for transfer to ‘Rescue 175’ via the ‘Alfred Albert Williams’. The initial transfer to the ‘Alfred Albert Williams’ was achieved while ‘Rescue 175’ went back to Lee-on-Solent to refuel and on her return, the casualty and the paramedic were winched up and taken to hospital on the mainland.
Having made sure that the yacht was happy to head back to Portsmouth, the ‘Alfred Albert Williams’ then returned to Bembridge and was recovered by 5.45pm.
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