Lymington RNLI respond to Yacht with medical emergency

Lifeboats News Release

The Lymington RNLI Lifeboat (B-882) David Bradley launched shortly after midday on Saturday 14July 2018 to assist a yacht on passage from Newtown Creek to Lymington with an injured crew member aboard.

Lymington RNLI Lifeboat met the yacht mid Solent to provide immediate medical assistance to the crew member who had lost a finger in a winch before escorting the yacht to Lymington with the lifeboat crew providing medical assistance and reassurance aboard.

Subsequently on arrival at Lymington and whilst in the boathouse awaiting the arrival of the ambulance the gentlemen collapsed and was treated by the shore crew.

Regrettably despite prompt actions by the yacht and lifeboat crews, South Central Ambulance and the National Health Service, the gentleman’s finger could not be saved.

Notice to Editors:

· For over 53 years, Lymington RNLI Lifeboat has provided search, rescue and lifesaving capability in the western Solent, Needles Channel and eastern sector of Christchurch Bay.

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

· The annual fundraising branch: BarBQ on the Green (almost adjacent to the boathouse) with Zac and the Zeroes will be on Saturday 18 August between 5.30pm and 8.30pm. Please support us.

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:

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