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Lymington RNLI Volunteers rescue young fisherman from the marshes

Lifeboats News Release

Lymington RNLI volunteers were paged at 8.36pm on Sunday 20 May to reports of a small dinghy aground to the east of the river in Pylewell Lake.

Lymington RNLI Atlantic 85 being recovered at low tide and in Twilight

RNLI/Peter Mills

Lymington RNLI Twilight recovery

Arriving on the scene the Lymington RNLI lifeboat crew aboard Atlantic 85 lifeboat B-882 David Bradley found that the low tide prevented an approach from either end of the Pylewell Lake channel and landed two lifeboat crew onto the marsh edge at the closest suitable point.

From here the two lifeboat crew walked approximately 300 metres to the casualty vessel to find a small inflatable ‘pool toy’ craft with a young fisherman and his catch aboard.

Having ascertained that the youngster was uninjured, one lifeboat crew assisted the youngster back across the marsh to the lifeboat whilst the other dragged the dinghy. Once all was recovered the lifeboat made a hasty return to the Harbour Master’s Pontoon delivering the youngster into a warm up shower and then into the grateful care of his father who had raised the initial alarm following a phone call from the youngster when he became stuck.

Lifeboat recovered and released for further service at 9.55pm after a post mud event deep clean by the shore crew.

RNLI Lifeboat Helmsman’s Quote: This dinghy which is widely available on the internet is advertised as being suitable as a pool and beach toy. Realistically it has no place in the fast-flowing waters of the western Solent even inshore behind the marsh edge and within the complex series of gullies that form the Lymington Marshes.

Notice to Editors:

· 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.

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

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:

· For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789 email:

Lymington RNLI Boat and Crew washdown after a mud rescue

RNLI / Phil Baker

Lymington RNLI Boat and Crew washdown after a mud rescue

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