Lymington RNLI volunteer crew tasked to yacht in distress
On Friday (4 August) at 12.27pm a yacht to the east of the Sowley Boom put out a distress call, having lost their mast.
Launched at 12.35pm, the Lymington RNLI Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat David Bradley and its volunteer crew reached the scene at 12.46pm.
On arrival the lifeboat's volunteer helm, Phil Baker, dispatched a crewman to board the yacht to help stow the rigging and put on tow.
The yacht was bound for Cowes, so the UK Coastguard requested Cowes RNLI volunteer lifeboat and its crew to assist with the tow, taking over west of Gurnard.
The Lymington lifeboat returned to station at 1.25pm to the awaiting shore crew ready to prepare the lifeboat for further service.
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