Busy year continues for Lymington RNLI Lifeboat with shouts in half term week
With Storm Brian abated, Lymington RNLI Lifeboat crew were called on Sunday 22 October to investigate reports from a member of the public of a dinghy apparently drifting off the Lymington River entrance.
The volunteer crew of the Atlantic 85 inshore Lifeboat B-882 David Bradley launched early afternoon to make a quick passage to the river mouth. Arriving they found the dinghy had grounded on the marsh edge on the now ebbing tide.
Two RNLI crew members where put ashore to walk the short distance to the craft where they found a cold outboard engine, the securing rope dangling in the water and no sign of recent use.
With the lifeboat standing by, the two crewmen boarded the small yacht tender and guided it back to the Lymington Harbour Master's pontoon from where it was collected by its grateful owner.
'There are pro's and con's of marking a yacht tender, but in this instance clear markings gave the coastguard the knowledge of who to call to ascertain whether this was a wayward dinghy probably worked loose from its moorings by Storm Brian or a more serious missing person search,' said Lymington RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer Peter Mills.
The second call occurred just after 5.30pm on Friday 27 October when the volunteer RNLI crew where tasked to a yacht that had requested assistance via the coastguard after its engine failed.
The Lymington lifeboat crew arrived on the scene to find that the vessel had managed to restore power and was now making its own way home. Lymington lifeboat initially stood by and once assured that all was well, returned to station.
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- Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (South East) on 0207 6207426, 07785 296252 email email@example.com
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