Lymington RNLI lifeboat called to assist a stricken yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Lymington RNLI's voluntary crew were tasked by HM Coastguard at 3.29pm on 9 November to a yacht in difficulty.

The station's Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat B-882 David Bradley was immediately launched to assist the 40-foot yacht in difficulty with a line caught around its propeller.

The lifeboat headed out from its station on the river to a location mid-Solent between Lymington and Newtown, where the coastguard had reported the yacht to be in difficulty. Once the crew located the stricken vessel, it was clear the yacht's jib sheet had been caught and tangled around the propeller, preventing the jib from being furled or brought under control.

Given the strong tides within the Solent and the vessel's location, the helm steered the lifeboat alongside the yacht and immediately transferred two RNLI crew members. The crew members were able to secure the jib and lower the main sheet in order to bring the vessel under control.

The crew then established a tow line to the vessel and proceeded to the Lymington Harbour Master's pontoon, where they were able to free the prop and allow the vessel to proceed. The lifeboat returned to the station where it was prepared ready for service by the shore crew.

Media Contacts:

Suzanne Brown, Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer, Lymington Lifeboat Station (07711) 393910 [email protected]

Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer, SE and London (07785) 296252 [email protected]

For enquiries outside business hours contact the RNLI duty press officer on (01202) 336789.

Photo showing the RNLI volunteers on board the yacht with its crew.


The Lymington RNLI volunteers assist the stricken yacht crew.

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