Lymington RNLI lifeboat crew save two persons from a sinking RIB.

Lifeboats News Release

Having just returned from the first shout of what was to be a busy afternoon, the volunteer crew of the Lymington RNLI Atlantic 85 Lifeboat (B-882) David Bradley where tasked to attend a second Mayday call.

Lymington RNLI Lifeboat at speed in foreground, Blue sky with fluffy clouds background


Atlantic 85 'David Bradley'- seen here at its naming ceremony September 2015

On arrival off the Beaulieu shoreline, the lifeboat crew found a Hamble based 6.85m RIB with two persons aboard that had suffered mechanical failure and flooding after being overcome by high seas.

With only its console showing above the water such was the eagerness of one of the two lifejacket clad occupants to leave the sinking ship that they threw themselves at the lifeboat without waiting for instructions and in so doing sustained a minor head injury further complicating the rescue.

Lymington lifeboat took the casualty and other occupant to the Beaulieu River Marina into the care of a waiting ambulance crew.

The lifeboat then returned to the Solent to recover the flooded craft. With the wind now risen to South Westerly Force 7 / 8 with the spring tide ebb running to the West creating 2m high seas at the incident location, the Yarmouth all-weather Severn Class lifeboat (17-25) Eric & Susan Hiscock (Wanderer) was requested to assist with its high capacity salvage pump.

Once the RiB had been pumped out, the Lymington RNLI crew towed it up the Beaulieu river into the care of the Harbour Master.

Lymington lifeboat returned to station shortly after 6.00pm having been at sea for four and half hours.

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· 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.

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