First rescue for new helm at Calshot RNLI Lifeboat Station

Lifeboats News Release

While out on training exercise this morning, Calshot RNLI Atlantic 85 Lifeboat diverted to help a yacht with engine failure.

Calshot RNLI Atlantic Lifeboat 'Max Walls'

RNLI/Laura Bean

Calshot RNLI Atlantic Lifeboat 'Max Walls'
Calshot RNLI's volunteer crew were returning to station after their morning's training when they spotted a 42ft yacht towing a 36ft yacht.

The crew decided to make their way over to the yachts to see if they needed any assistance. The 36ft yacht had suffered engine failure after leaving Cowes and there was not enough wind to make their way by sail.

The casualty vessel requested Calshot RNLI's Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Max Walls take over the tow to help them finish their journey. One of Calshot's crew boarded the yacht and an astern tow was fixed.

The lifeboat towed the yacht to Marchwood Yacht Club where they put it alongside the pontoon. The three persons on board were all wearing life jackets and no casualty care was needed, so Calshot's volunteer crew were able to make their way back to station.

The shout was the first in command as helm for volunteer crew member Graham Burgess, who recently passed out in the role.


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Graham Burgess recently passed out as Helm at Calshot RNLI Lifeboat Station

RNLI/Laura Bean

Graham Burgess recently passed out as Helm at Calshot RNLI Lifeboat Station

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