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Two saved from sinking yacht at Langstone Harbour entrance.

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Portsmouth Lifeboat Launched on service this afternoon (Monday 1st May 17:16) to a MAYDAY call, reporting a yacht fast taking on water at Langstone harbour entrance. The Atlantic Lifeboat arrived on-scene with only moments to spare, seawater inches from the gunwales.

Arriving quickly the volunteer crew was able to evacuate the two casualties and start the salvage pump to battle the ingress of water in an attempt to save the sinking yacht.
Slowly bringing the yacht under control, an alongside tow was established to stabilize the swapped vessel and to try and manoeuvre it to a safe location to ground it and inspect for damage and the source of the water leak. However, unable to safely tow the 16ft yacht against the tide and still battling a fast ingress of water, the decision was made to immediately beach the boat on Hayling Gunner point, therefore preventing any further damage or an entire loss.

As the tide was going out the yacht became firmly beached on the shore so units from both Hayling Coastguard assisted with securing the yacht while the casualties were taken to Portsmouth boathouse and the waiting Coastguard unit.
Yacht grounded to prevent total loss

RNLI/Aaron Gent

Yacht grounded to prevent total loss
ILB ashore after bringing additional fuel for the salvage pump which had been running for nearly half an hour

RNLI/Aaron Gent

ILB ashore after bringing additional fuel
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RNLI/Aaron Gent

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