Calshot RNLI called to tender caught in rough conditions

Lifeboats News Release

On the afternoon of Friday 9 November while out on exercise Calshot RNLI Atlantic 85 Lifeboat 'Max Walls' was tasked by HM Coastguard to a tender in difficulties.

The tender with one person on board had been washed onto the foreshore in rough conditions at Newtown Creek on the Isle of Wight.

Having attempted to row the tender from their yacht to the shore, the tender had been blown onto the foreshore and the person on board was unable to get back out to the yacht.

Having lost sight of the tender, the persons remaining on board the yacht had alerted HM Coastguard, who tasked Calshot RNLI. At the time, Calshot's Atlantic 85 lifeboat was out on a training exercise in Hamble so was able to respond immediately.

On arrival to the tender, Calshot RNLI's volunteer crew were able to assess the casualty who had become cold from being waist deep in the water but was otherwise unharmed. The casualty was equipped with a lifejacket, but the conditions had meant they were unable to control the tender.

The Calshot crew were able to recover the casualty and the tender and return them both to the yacht. Once aboard the casualty was able to get into warm clothes and they continued on their journey to Lymington.

The conditions at the time of the incident were rough with strong winds at force 7, with gusts of force 8. If you are heading out onto the water it is important to check the weather conditions and make sure you plan your journey to fit in with the conditions.

You should always wear a lifejacket while out on the water and have a method to call for help if needed.

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Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.