Lymington RNLI volunteer crew have a busy three weeks

Lifeboats News Release

On Friday 10th June at 11.14pm the Lymington volunteer crew aboard the Atlantic 85 'David Bradley' were tasked to search for a missing person, the youth was eventually found safe and well ashore.

On Sunday 19 June at 11.59am a speedboat in mid Solent was rescued from a potential sinking. The following Wednesday, 22 June, the pagers went off again to attend to a casualty vessel taking on water, the Lymington RNLI volunteer crew managed to come alongside and secure a salvage pump, whilst towing her to safety back in Lymington.

On Saturday 25 June Lymington’s volunteer crew again responded to a call, this time to a sailor having a suspected seizure, he was quickly returned to Lymington to be attended too at the Lifeboat Station, whilst awaiting the Ambulance who took the gentlemen off to hospital for immediate treatment.

On Sunday 26 June a mayday was received by the coastguard at 14.22pm and a joint search commenced with the Lymington volunteer crew on board the Atlantic 85 ‘David Bradley’ joining both Cowes and Calshot volunteer Lifeboats, nothing was found and all three Lifeboat were returned to services by the awaiting volunteer shore crews. This took Lymington’s volunteers monthly totally to five callouts.

On Friday 1 July the Lymington RNLI volunteer crew were called out twice in one day. The first at 11.42am to a demasted 35ft yacht in demanding force 5 conditions, with seven crew on board, the Lymington RNLI volunteer crew with rookie crew member, James Douch attending his first shout, successfully returning the vessel whilst under tow into lymington harbour.

Once the shore crew had readied the boat for continued service, the pagers rang out at 15.46pm to a request for assistance from a casualty vessel in the mouth of the Beaulieu River with a rudder failure. Reaching the vessel at 16.14pm the Lymington volunteer crew quickly put a crew member Phil Baker aboard, who deployed a drogue off the stern of the vessel to assist the Lifeboat in towing the vessel to calmer water, once achieved, she was bought alongside and towed to the safety of Bucklers Hard marina. Returning to Lymington to the awaiting shore crew, to ready the Atlantic 85 Rhib 'David Bradley' for further service.

Lifeboat Operations Manager at Lymington lifeboat station, Nick Hayward, praised his volunteers,”We have a great team of volunteers here in Lymington and this lasifeboat three weeks has been very demanding, and they have responded brilliantly.”

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