Easter Sunday shout for Yarmouth RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The Yarmouth lifeboat launched at 10:32am on Easter Sunday morning (1st April) to go to the aid of a yacht that was taking on water following a collision.

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In calm conditions one nautical mile south of Beaulieu River, the 39 foot sailing yacht with a crew of two, had collided with a channel marker and holed her bow.

The RNLI's Yarmouth lifeboat joined the Hamble ILB (independent lifeboat) on scene within 17 minutes. The Hamble ILB crew rigged a salvage pump, which a crew member from the Yarmouth lifeboat then readied on board the casualty vessel.

The stricken yacht was escorted to the entrance to the Hamble River, from where the Hamble ILB took the casualty in tow to the lifting dock at Hamble Point Marina.

The RNLI's Yarmouth ALB (all-weather lifeboat) and her volunteer crew returned to station by 12:27pm.

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Claire Hallett, Yarmouth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer 07814 900398, claire_iow@yahoo.co.uk

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