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Disrupted Easter Sunday evening for Lymington RNLI lifeboat crew

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteers of Lymington RNLI were called just after 9.30pm on Easter Sunday evening 22 April 22, 2019 to rescue a 5.2m RIB that had reported by mobile phone to the Coastguard that they had suffered engine failure in the Hurst Narrows approaching Colwell Bay.

Atlantic 85 Name board for the Roy Snewin

RNLI/Peter Mills

Atlantic 85 Relief Fleet the Roy Snewin

Launching the Relief Fleet Atlantic 85 lifeboat B-883 Roy Snewin, the lifeboat crew made quick progress in the calm sea and now falling temperature to the vessels last known position in the Hurst Narrows approach to Colwell Bay.

Having ascertained that the vessel was no longer in its reported position and with the flood tide building, a down tide search found the vessel with two cold inappropriately clad crew drifting mid Solent off the Hampstead (IOW) shoreline some 2 miles to the East.

A tow was established to bring the vessel which had no VHF Radio, No flares and only limited navigation lights back into Lymington.

Lymington lifeboat returned to station to be refuelled and readied for further service shorty before midnight.


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.

· This was the first Lymington call for Relief Fleet Atlantic 85 lifeboat B-883 Roy Snewin which is currently on station whilst our own boat B-882 David Bradley is away for its five year refit.

· The Lymington RNLI Lifeboat Station open days will be on: Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 August 2019 coinciding with the Sea Food festival being held on the adjacent Bath Road Park.

RNLI Media Contacts:

  • Peter Mills, Lymington RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07767 213583 peter@locarno.co.uk

  • Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (South East) on 0207 6207426, 07785 296252 email: paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

· For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789 email: pressoffice@rnli.org

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