Calshot RNLI launch in thick fog to dinghy on fire

Lifeboats News Release

At 10.12pm on 30 December 2016 the Atlantic 85 was requested to launch by the UK Coastguard to reports of a dinghy on fire.

The Atlantic 85 lifeboat launched in thick fog to reports of a dinghy on fire in the River Itchen upstream of Northam Bridge.
The volunteer lifeboat crew proceeded at best speed as they were unsure if casualties were involved. Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, a UK Coastguard Team and Hamble Independent Lifeboat were also in attendance.

Once on scene it was identified there were no signs of any people on the dinghy or any people missing.

Only a small flame remained on the dinghy so it was dragged to the river edge to prevent it from becoming a hazard to navigation. It was secured by the UK Coastguard Team and the fire fully extinguished by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The crew were stood down by the UK Coastguard and the lifeboat returned to station through the thick fog with considerably reduced visibility and was made ready for next service.

Tom |Pedersen, Helm of the lifeboat, said: 'The training that we carry out with opaque helmet visors and use of radar greatly assisted us in navigating safely through the thick fog'.

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