First call of the year for Lymington RNLI
Lymington RNLI's crew were called at 1.20am on Saturday 6 January to assist in a multiple agency search of the western Solent following reports of a sinking boat with four people on board.
Launching shortly thereafter into a chilly night with a North Westerly Force 3/4 breeze, the crew aboard Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat B-882 David Bradley conducted a prolonged search of the western Solent for the white rigid inflatable boat, which had reported itself to be sinking.
The search was undertaken in conjunction with Lymington's RNLI flank station at Yarmouth, the coastguard helicopter from Lee on Solent and shore teams.
Despite all the efforts applied to this search, nothing was found leading to the view that this first shout of the year was probably, regrettably a hoax.
Lymington lifeboat returned to station and was readied for further service shortly before 5.00am.
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