Lymington RNLI lifeboat volunteers rescue multiple sailors in Solent
On Saturday 30 March at 1.57pm, an unexpected squall hit the mouth of Lymington river.
A squall gusting force 7 capsized a large number of sailing boats whilst returning to Lymington.
Lymington RNLI inshore lifeboat David Bradley and its volunteer crew arrived on scene at 2.05pm to coordinate a multiple rescue of sailors in the water, amongst capsized sailing vessels, aided by Yarmouth RNLI offshore lifeboat and their volunteer crew.
The situation was quickly put under control, returning all casualties to the local slipway.
Lymington RNLI volunteer helm, Phil Baker said: 'This was an unexpected and very strong gust catching a lot of people out, thanks to local help on scene, we were able to recover over 10 sailors quickly from the water.'
Lymington RNLI inshore lifeboat David Bradley was readied for service by the waiting volunteer shore crew.
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