Back-to-back 'Shouts' for the Yarmouth Lifeboat
The RNLI's Yarmouth lifeboat received two requests for help this afternoon, one immediately after the other and both to similar incidents in the Western Solent.
The first request to launch came from the UK Coastguard at 2.21pm in response to a Pan-Pan distress call from a yacht which had run aground on Black Rock just off Yarmouth. Whilst the second shout at 2.45pm, received as the lifeboat was returning from the first, was a Mayday call from a boat aground on Bramble Bank, a notorious sandbank between the Isle of Wight and Southampton.
In both instances the stricken vessels managed to free themselves without assistance.Ends
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