Lymington RNLI crew rescue yacht tender aground on Keyhaven marshes.
The volunteer crew of Lymington RNLI were called at 3.35pm on Monday 12 November to go to the aid of a small inflatable dinghy reported as having become stuck on the edge of the reeds in the Keyhaven River.
Launching into moderate seas and with a South Westerly Force 4 breeze in the Solent, the Lymington crew aboard Atlantic 85 (B-882) David Bradley made quick progress to the Keyhaven river entrance to find the unfortunate yacht crew, who had been returning from their moored vessel, aground on the marsh edge having drifted there when their engine failed and the oars of the 2.4m inflatable dinghy where insufficient to propel them against wind and tide.
Unable to get close to the dinghy due to the shelving marsh line, Lymington RNLI lifeboat put a crewman into the water to walk to the tender. From here a tow was established and the dinghy pulled out to the lifeboat allowing the yacht crew to be transferred onto the lifeboat for the short journey upriver to Keyhaven Quay for debriefing by HM Coastguards.
Lymington lifeboat returned to station to be readied for further service at 4.40pm.
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