First launch of 2019 for Calshot RNLI Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

On 3 January at 6.42pm Calshot RNLI D Class Lifeboat 'Willet' was launched by the station's volunteer crew on request of the HM Coastguard.

Calshot RNLI D Class Lifeboat

RNLI/Laura Bean

Calshot RNLI D Class Lifeboat
Reports had come in regarding concerns for a person that had not been seen since Christmas. It was believed the person may have been on their yacht, where they occasionally lived and located near to Hythe, which was only accessible via the water.

Calshot's volunteer crew had been to yacht in the past so were able to easily locate the vessel in question, which had been well aground for some time.

The crew boarded the vessel and did a thorough search of the boat but there was no person aboard or any sign or recent occupancy.

The crew then conducted a search of the shoreline north and south of the vessel for signs of the missing person. Having found nothing after an hour the crew returned to the station where the lifeboat was washed down, refuelled and made ready again for service.

Since the launch it is believed that the person has been located.

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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.

Learn more about the RNLI

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.

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