Lymington RNLI lifeboat diverted from exercise to investigate explosions
Shortly after 7pm on Monday 12 March, the UK Coastguard received a 999 call regarding explosions heard in the vicinity of Totland Bay at the western end of the Isle of Wight.
As Lymington RNLI Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat B-882 David Bradley had just launched on exercise, the volunteer crew were diverted at 7.15pm to carry out an immediate bay and shoreline search of the area.
Arriving on the scene just before 7.30pm with a North Westerly Force 4/5 and a moderate sea running onto the beach, Lymington lifeboat commenced its search pattern before being stood down at 8pm by the coastguard when it became clear from shore teams that the noise heard had been from beachside fireworks.
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