Lymington RNLI lifeboat volunteers rescue sailor with head injury

Lifeboats News Release

Lymington RNLI volunteers’ pagers went off at 9.45am on Wednesday 1 June after a lone sailor suffered a head injury.

The crew of the charity’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat David Bradley located the stricken sailor’s 7m yacht at 9.55am, half a mile north east of Yarmouth Harbour Pier.

Two RNLI volunteers boarded the yacht to assess the casualty who had suffered a blow to his right eye and had lost vision.

Leaving one crew member on board to sail the yacht into Lymington, the remaining lifeboat volunteers took the sailor to Yarmouth Harbour where he was met by the local coastguard who proceeded to take the casualty to hospital.

On returning to Lymington at 10.39am, the awaiting RNLI volunteer shore crew readied the lifeboat for service.

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