Calshot RNLI respond to Pan-Pan call for help

Lifeboats News Release

Calshot RNLI volunteers in Hampshire launched their Atlantic inshore lifeboat Monday (June 5) in response to a Pan-Pan distress call.

The stricken vessel was a 44ft sailing vessel which was adrift mid-Solent with total loss of power and with six people on board.

With their engine not working and with very strong winds, the vessel was unable to get into Cowes under sail and needed assistance.

The volunteer lifeboat crew advised the vessel to lower its sails and was then taken under tow and made safe alongside the harbour at Trinity Landing in Cowes.

RNLI helm Pat Weatherhead said: With the wind that strong the only option they had was to use their engine and as this had failed they had no option but to request assistance and by using the Pan-Pan this was the correct action to take.'

Three calls of Pan-Pan are used in radio communications to signify that there is an urgent need for assistance and is similar to a Mayday call. However, whereas a Mayday call is only used in cases of grave and imminent danger to a vessel or persons, repeating a Pan Pan three times says the situation is serious and help is needed, but there isn't a grave and imminent danger to the boat or anyone on board.

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