Mudeford RNLI volunteers go to the aid of a skipper with a hand injury

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Mudeford volunteer lifeboat crew launched at 3.20pm on Monday 30 May to assist a sailing yacht three miles south of Hengistbury Head.

The skipper had suffered a bad hand injury while trying to assist another vessel, a 37ft sailing vessel which had broadcast a pan pan call due to steering failure.

Mudeford RNLI transferred two crew on board to administer first aid and assist in sailing the yacht.

The crew removed the casualty and took him to Mudeford Quay and a waiting ambulance - leaving one crew member on board.

Mudeford RNLI volunteers then returned to the vessel with another member of the Mudeford crew to assist the remaining crewman and yacht crew on a passage to Lymington.

Mudeford RNLI were then able to assist the 37ft vessel with steering failure which had originally broadcast the pan pan alert.

A fin keel yacht with a draft of two metres led to the decision to tow it to Lymington where the crew could then collect the two crewmen from the first casualty vessel that was assisted.

On the return journey the volunteer crew were tasked to search for four paddleboards with no persons on board reported drifting south of Boscombe Pier. After a co-ordinated search, nothing was found and the lifeboat returned to the station at 7.10pm.

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