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Lymington RNLI lifeboat volunteers rescue yacht in the Solent

Lifeboats News Release

As the Grand National build-up began, Lymington RNLI volunteer crew were tasked to a 30ft yacht with its propeller tangled around a buoy.

On Saturday 9 March at 4.42pm, Lymington RNLI volunteer crews’ pagers sounded.  A yacht had got its propeller tangled up with a pot buoy south of Tanners lake, in an ebbing tide.

Lymington's RNLI volunteer crew on board the inshore lifeboat David Bradley arrived quickly on scene at 2.54pm, dispatching a crew member to cut the vessel free.

The RNLI volunteers towed the stricken vessel safely back into Lymington, before being readied for service by the waiting shore crew at 3.48pm in plenty of time to watch the world famous Grand National.

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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