Joint effort by Wightlink ferry and Lymington RNLI saves two young sailors.

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of the Lymington RNLI Atlantic 85 Lifeboat (B-882) David Bradley where called shortly before 6.45pm on Tuesday 17 July to assist in the rescue of two teenage dinghy sailors who had been spotted in difficulties at the entrance to the Lymington River by a passenger aboard a ferry.

Alerted by a passenger, the ferry diverted from its schedule and launched its fast rescue boat, picking up the two shaken youngsters.

Lymington RNLI Lifeboat rendezvoused with the ferry rescue boat and being the faster craft, took the two casualties aboard and made fast speed to the Lymington Harbour Masters Pontoon and the warmth of the boathouse. Once ashore the lifeboat crew returned to the Solent to find and recover the racing dinghy.

Lymington lifeboat was rehoused and readied for further service shortly before 8.30pm.

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 BarBQ on the Bath Road Green (almost adjacent to the boathouse) with Zac and the Zeroes will be on Saturday 18 August commencing at 5.30pm. Please support us.

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