RNLI Portsmouth Lifeboats were requested to launch twice within only an hour of each other this Friday, marking the 100 and 101st service requests this year.
Portsmouths D-Class lifeboat “Brian’s Pride” was requested at 17.23 to assist three people stranded on a 6 metre fishing boat in Langstone harbour, after there tender had been blown away. With the prevailing conditions the crew didn’t feel confident in mooring the fishing boat alongside themselves so called the coastguard for advice.
Solent Coastguard requested the lifeboat to launch and the Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was launched.
The stranded crew were given life jackets and transferred into the lifeboat and back to Southsea marina.
While still on service with the fishing boat crew, the ILB was requested to investigate a yacht that had broken free from it’s mooring in the rough weather and was being pushed up against the marina sea wall, grounding itself hard on the rocks. Fearing further damage to the yacht and with a crew already on station the larger Atlantic 85 lifeboat “Norma T” was launched and rushed to the scene.
the crew managed to secure a towline attached to the rear of the yacht and after battling the rough conditions pulled it free and back into to the narrow channel. The marina staff used there own vessel to assist the yacht into the safety of the marina until the weather improves.
RNLI Portsmouth’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat has launched on service 61 times this year, with the smaller D class lifeboat launching 33 and 7 stand downs where the crew assembled but a launch was no longer required.