Lymington RNLI lifeboat crew respond to Mayday call from sailing club vessel

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteers of Lymington RNLI (aboard Atlantic 85 lifeboat B-882 David Bradley) were called just after 7.30pm on Tuesday 26 March to assist a local sailing club rescue boat in a search for two dinghies thought to be overdue from a late afternoon sail.

Lymington RNLI Atlantic 85 with white water at stern and Grey seas

RNLI supporter Mike Angus

Lymington RNLI Atlantic 85 (Stock photo)

With no sign of the missing dinghies and with darkness and temperatures rapidly falling the club rescue boat asked for assistance.

The all-weather Severn Class lifeboat (17-25 Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer)) from our flank station at Yarmouth, together with he CG Helicopter from Lee on Solent and the Lymington CG Mobile team were also tasked to this incident.

However, whilst the club vessel had been searching the seaward end of the river and prior to the Mayday being issued, the two dinghy crews had safely returned from their upriver sail and recovered their craft oblivious to the fact that the club launch was looking for them on the edge of the Solent and were somewhat surprised to see the lifeboat launch and the arrival of the Lymington CG Mobile team.

Lymington lifeboat returned to station and was readied for further service by 8.15pm allowing crews to return to their evening activities.

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