Yarmouth RNLI tasked for search and rescue four times in one day.

Lifeboats News Release

Yarmouth’s Severn class all weather lifeboat, 'Eric and Susan Hiscock', (Wanderer), was tasked on Wednesday 24 June 2020 for the first time at 11.23am by HM Coastguard to support on the first of four shouts in one day.

Yarmouth RNLI return to harbour after first shout of the day

RNLI/Teresa Fox

Yarmouth RNLI return to harbour after first shout of the day

Yarmouth RNLI supported a multi agency search that included the Coastguard Rescue Teams and the police in locating a missing person. The lifeboat then returned to Yarmouth Harbour and was ready for service by 1.35pm.

Less than two hours later pagers were activated at 3.25pm and Yarmouth RNLI assisted Coastguard Rescue Teams with the recovery of an inflatable toy from the south of the Isle of Wight. Initial concerns were raised when the object had been sighted moving quickly in off shore winds, heading west from Compton Bay towards the Needles. All persons involved were safe and accounted for on the beach.

While on her return journey to Yarmouth, the Severn Class all weather lifeboat was tasked again by Solent Coastguard at 3.39pm, this time to a 17 foot aluminum dory with mechanical failure. The four adults on board were transferred to Yarmouth Lifeboat using appropriate safety measures under the RNLI COVID 19 guidance. A commercial tow was arranged from Keyhaven and the stricken vessel, along with her crew were safely returned to the mainland.

Deputy Coxswain Graham Benton said: ‘Today’s incidents highlight many of the key safety messages that the RNLI have been encouraging the public to be aware of on our beaches. It is also important to remember that if you are onboard a boat to check your safety equipment and wear a lifejacket at all times.’

Having returned to Yarmouth Harbour, the RNLI were tasked for a fourth time to assist an injured person in Yarmouth Harbour. The lifeboat supplied Entenox that was administered by Coastguard Medics to a female with an arm injury.

Yarmouth lifeboat returned to her berth and was ready for service at 5.30pm.

The RNLI remains an independent charity that relies on voluntary contributions to fund its lifesaving work.

Media contacts:

Teresa Fox, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Yarmouth Lifeboat Station Teresa_fox@rnli.org.uk 07976 731906

Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (07785) 296252 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

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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.

Yarmouth RNLI return to harbour after first shout of the day

RNLI/Teresa Fox

Yarmouth RNLI return to harbour after first shout of the day
Yarmouth RNLI return to harbour after first shout of the day

RNLI/Teresa Fox

Yarmouth RNLI return to harbour after first shout of the day

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.

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