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Third shout in two days for Lymington RNLI Volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Lymington RNLI volunteers called to assist a cruising dinghy after equipment failure.

Large grey seal on Keyhaven marshes

RNLI/James Douch

The seal (of approval) studying the Lifeboat

Lymington RNLI volunteers were called at 4.47pm on Monday 23 April to go the aid of a 5.1m ketch rigged open cruising dinghy that was aground on the edge of the Keyhaven marshes.

The craft with two persons onboard had been making its way back upstream to its launch site at Keyhaven when it suffered multiple equipment failure resulting in it being blown helplessly onto the sedge.

Arriving on the scene the Lymington lifeboat crew aboard Atlantic 85 lifeboat David Bradley found the vessel had already been towed off the marsh by a local boat. Taking over the tow the stricken craft was then delivered safely to Keyhaven Quay under the watchful eye of a large seal basking on the marsh edge.

The two persons onboard were uninjured and were able to recover the craft to its trailer without further assistance.

Lymington lifeboat returned to station, remaining afloat in preparation for routine training in the evening.

Notice to Editors:

· For over 50 years, Lymington RNLI Lifeboat has provided search, rescue and lifesaving capability in the western Solent, Needles Channel and eastern sector of Christchurch Bay.

· Entries are now open through our website: for our annual 10k and children’s fun run fundraiser being held this year on Sunday 15 May.

· The RNLI Lifeboat Station open days will be on: Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August 2018 coinciding with the food festival being held on the adjacent Bath Road Park.

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:

· For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789 email:

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