Double shout for Lymington RNLI crew

Lifeboats News Release

Busy June concludes with a double shout for Lymington RNLI Crew

The volunteers of Lymington RNLI were called just after 2pm on Sunday 31 June to provide assistance in the safe recovery of a Jet ski Personal Water Craft and its sole female rider that had drifted ashore at Alum Bay (on the Isle of Wight shore following a mechanical failure.

Whilst en route to the initial call, the lifeboat crew were diverted to rescue a 6m speedboat with 7 persons onboard that had tried unsuccessfully to anchor after experiencing mechanical failure off the Milford Beach and that was in danger or being swept up onto Hurst Spit in the building South Westerly breeze.

Leaving the jetski and its rider under the watchful eye of the Needles Coastguard Mobile team, Lymington RNLI crew aboard Relief Fleet Atlantic 85, B883 -The Roy Snewin were quickly on the scene of the second incident and having put a lifeboat crew member aboard, established a tow of the stricken vessel and its grateful passengers to the safety of Keyhaven.

This task completed, the lifeboat returned to Alum Bay, recovered the jet-ski and its owner from the beach and towed it to Lymington.

Lymington lifeboat returned to station at 4.15pm being readied for further service shortly thereafter.

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.

· Relief Fleet Atlantic 85 lifeboat B-883 Roy Snewin 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 [email protected]

  • Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (South East) on 0207 6207426, 07785 296252 email: [email protected]

· For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789 email: [email protected]

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