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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- Claire Hallett, Yarmouth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer 07814 900398
- Richard Heming, Yarmouth RNLI Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer 07810 371233
- Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) 0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 or Paul Dunt, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East) 0207 6207416 / 07866 668825
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.