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Peter MillsVolunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
at Lymington .
Six were transferred to a large catamaran who had responded to the mayday, and two evacuated to Yarmouth harbour
Lifeboats News Release
The 2012 Round the Island Race turned out to be a busy day for Lymington RNLI on Saturday 30 June after responding to four shouts, including a sinking catamaran whose crew were in the water.
The charity’s volunteer crew were on patrol during the race, in its 81st year, when they were called to assist a capsized catamaran off Durns Point with eight people aboard. Six were transferred to a large catamaran who had responded to the mayday, and two evacuated to Yarmouth harbour.
The next was a medical emergency off Hampstead Ledge with a male suffering from chest problems and who was also evacuated to Yarmouth.
The lifeboat Victor ‘Danny’ Lovelock then went to assist a quarter tonner race boat which had lost its rudder, although the incident was passed to Freshwater Lifeboat.
The final shout was to a Bavaria yacht which had struck a wreck off the Needles, and evacuated an injured crewman to Yarmouth Lifeboat.
Notes to editors• Video footage shows the Atlantic 75 inshore lifeboat going to the aid of a sinking catamaran• For 40 years an inshore lifeboat at Lymington has covered an area of the western Solent. Six awards have been presented to members of the lifeboat crew for gallantry. For more information about the Lymington lifeboat go to http://www.rnli.org.uk/rnli_near_you/east/stations/LymingtonHants
RNLI Media ContactsPeter Mills, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Lymington on 07767 213583 or by email at email@example.com or Tim Ash, Public Relations Manager for London and the East on 0207 6207426 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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