Boxing Day launch for Calshot RNLI continues into the early hours

Lifeboats News Release

At 5.20pm on Boxing Day Calshot RNLI were requested to launch to a 37ft yacht that was hard aground just outside the entrance to the River Hamble.

Vessel aground outside Hamble River on Boxing Day

Hillhead Coastguard Rescue Team

Vessel aground outside Hamble River on Boxing Day
Calshot RNLI D Class Lifeboat Willet was launched with three volunteer crew to aid the vessel and check on the two persons on board.

On arrival, the Calshot RNLI crew checked on the condition of the yacht's two crew who were uninjured. With the low tide the lifeboat crew assessed the situation and determined the vessel would need to wait for the incoming tide before it could be re-floated. Hillhead Coastguard Rescue Team were also on scene to assist if needed.

It was decided the best course of action would be for the Calshot RNLI crew to return again at midnight with the tide. Happy the persons on the yacht were comfortable and safe to remain on board, the volunteer RNLI crew put out an anchor for them to secure the vessel, then returned to station and home to their families. HM Coastguard maintained radio contact with the vessel's crew throughout the evening to ensure they were OK.

At 11pm the Calshot crew returned to the station and launched the Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Max Walls at 12.03am on the 27 December. On arrival at the grounded vessel one of the Calshot crew jumped on board to assess it and ensure no damage had been done that would cause further problems and make sure they weren't taking on water.

With the rising tide, the RNLI crew attached a tow line to the bow of the yacht and were able to pull it clear of the bank. Once the vessel was clear the crew made a finial check before the vessel was able to head to Cowes to make berth for the night. The crew returned to station at 1.30am. The lifeboat was washed down and made ready for service.

This shout was the second of the day for Calshot RNLI crew, who had launched at 3.55pm on Boxing Day to a kayaker who the crew assisted across the Solent channel.

The Calshot crew had also held a 'Brew With The Crew' event where the station is opened up to visitors to meet the crew, take a look around and enjoy tea and cakes (made by crew families). The day raised a fantastic £480 for the station! Their next 'Brew With The Crew' event will take place on New Year's Day from 10am-2pm.

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Vessel aground outside Hamble River on Boxing Day

Hillhead Coastguard Rescue Team

Vessel aground outside Hamble River on Boxing Day

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.

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