Lymington RNLI Lifeboat rescues yacht with engine failure

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteers from Lymington RNLI Lifeboat (B-882) David Bradley were called at 3.23pm on Thursday 21 June to assist a 10.8m yacht that had suffered engine cooling failure whilst entering the Solent.

Looking astern at Lymington RNLI lifeboat with yacht in tow

RNLI/James Douch

Lymington RNLI Lifeboat towing Yacht

Initially reported as being at the Needles, the yacht continued sailing and made easterly progress to be eventually found mid Solent approximately 1 mile to the North East of Yarmouth.

The vessel was taken in tow to a local marina.

Lymington lifeboat returned to station at 4.45pm being readied for further service shortly afterwards.

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· For over 50 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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