Calshot RNLI training exercise turns into response to emergency mayday

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 11 November during training exercises Calshot RNLI were tasked to a mayday call from a racing yacht from which a person had been washed overboard. This was the third incident on Solent water the volunteer crew had attended to that morning.

Tractor Recovering Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Max Walls

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Tractor Recovering Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Max Walls
The mayday call was received as Calshot RNLI Lifeboats were returning to station from a training exercise, which had involved two further incidents they had been tasked to by HM Coastguard.

It was made from a racing yacht just off Cowes, Isle of Wight. A person onboard the vessel had been washed overboard and was in the water.

Calshot RNLI's Atlantic 85 Lifeboat 'Max Walls' was quickly diverted to attend to the incident. On arrival Calshot crew were able to recover the person from the water and return them to the yacht.

One of Calshot's casualty care-trained volunteers Graham Burgess was able to assess the casualty for injury. The person was unharmed, but extremely cold. Due to the risks from exposure to the cold water conditions, Graham remained on board with the casualty and the lifeboat crew escorted the yacht back to Hamble Point Marina.

The casualty was able to change into warm clothes and had access to a warm shower. Once happy their assistance was no longer required, the crew returned to Calshot Lifeboat Station where the boats were washed down, refuelled and made ready for service.

This was the third shout for Calshot RNLI during their morning's training. The volunteer crew were tasked initially to a missing person who was reported to have entered the water. Calshot RNLI teamed up with Hillhead Coastguard Rescue Team, Southampton Coastguard Rescue Team, Hamble Lifeboat, NPSA Bournemouth Police Helicopter, and Southampton Police to conduct the search. A full search of the River Itchen was initiated, the missing person was located and all teams stood down.

Calshot RNLI's second task was to a broken down fishing vessel just outside Southampton Docks. On attendance, the persons on board the boat had managed to restart the engine and were able to proceed on their way.

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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 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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