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Small fishing boat rescued from south of The Needles Lighthouse.

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Lymington RNLI Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat David Bradley were called at 9.13pm on Sunday 19 November to provide assistance to a 4.8 metre family fishing boat with one person aboard, approximately 1.5 miles south of The Needles Lighthouse.

The route of the Lymington Lifeboat to the stranded vessel

RNLI/Peter Mills

The route of the Lymington Lifeboat to the stranded vessel

Launching at 9.25pm and making best speed, the volunteer crew of the Lymington lifeboat arrived on scene shortly before 10.00pm to find that the well equipped craft had unfortunately suffered a mechanical and electrical failure that prevented propulsion.

A tow was established and with the advantage of a flooding spring tide a quick passage was made back to the fishing boat's home port at Keyhaven.

With the casualty vessel secured, Lymington lifeboat returned to station just after 11pm to be made ready for further service.

Another night call makes 2017 one of the busiest years ever for the volunteers at Lymington RNLI station.

RNLI Media Contacts:

  • Peter Mills, Lymington RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07767 213583
  • Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (South East) on 0207 6207426, 07785 296252 email

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