Lymington lifeboat launches as helm hears cry for help as he arrives at work
Vigilant RNLI volunteer helm Phil Baker was arriving at work at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club on Saturday (10 June) at 7.54am when he heard a cry from the water by the club.
Investigating further he spotted a man who was in the water. His small dinghy had capsized while he was trying to start his outboard motor and he had fallen in. Raising the alarm directly with his volunteer crew, the Atlantic class RNLI lifeboat David Bradley was launched in readiness to support the casualty who had drifted about 50 metres out from the yacht club.
Fortunately the man concerned, who was caught in an ebbing tide and suffering from the shock of falling into cold water, had been pulled to safety before the lifeboat was on the scene, so the volunteer shore crew were at hand to retrieve the RNLI Lifeboat to ready her for service.
Then on Sunday 11 June at 5.21pm the pagers sounded again and the David Bradley was launched to support a yacht which had run aground within Hurst
On Sunday 11 June at 5.21pm the pagers sounded again to launch the David Bradley once more to support a casualty yacht run aground within Hurst. The volunteer crew arrived on scene at 5.40pm. and found the vessel was stuck fast and the tide was ebbing. The crew were fit and well, so the RNLI volunteer lifeboat was stood down by the coastguard and returned two hours later to ensure the boat was safe to re-float.
It was a happy ending to the weekend as all was well with the yacht and the RNLI lifeboat David Bradley was readied for further service by the volunteer shore crew.
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