Yarmouth RNLI responds to safety concerns for paddleboarder

Lifeboats News Release

Yarmouth’s Severn class all weather lifeboat, 'Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer)', was tasked to launch by HM Coastguard on Wednesday 15 July 2020 at 8.05pm to a paddleboarder in potential difficulty.

Stock photo of the Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat

RNLI/Teresa Fox

Stock photo of the Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat

Yarmouth RNLI’s volunteer crew responded to the alarm raised by a concerned member of the public and headed west out of Yarmouth harbour towards Hurst Narrows.

While maintaining contact with coastguard teams about the potential casualty, Yarmouth RNLI conducted a search of the area between Barton on Sea and Highcliffe. The search continued until it had been established that the paddleboarder had made their own way safely back to a beach in the Mudeford area.

Yarmouth lifeboat was stood down by the coastguard, returned to her berth and was ready for service by 9.30pm

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 SE and London paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

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