Yarmouth RNLI respond to a late night MayDay

Lifeboats News Release

Yarmouth’s Severn class all weather lifeboat, 'Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer)', was tasked to launch by HM Coastguard on Sunday 26 July 2020 at 11.47pm to a rib, with seven persons on board, aground at the mouth of Lymington River.

Photo of the Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat returning to harbour.

RNLI/Teresa Fox

The Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat returns to harbour.

Yarmouth RNLI’s volunteer crew headed north out of Yarmouth harbour towards the mainland shore where they quickly located a rib that had gone aground. The casualty vessel was on the marshes to east of the mouth of Lymington river, because of the proximity to the shore, the RNLI deployed their ‘Y’ boat in order to assess the situation.

This quickly became a multi agency rescue operation involving Lymington Coast Guard Rescue Team, Hampshire Police, SAR 175 helicopter and the ambulance service. Having established that one of the persons on board required medical assistance and the remaining six would need to be taken ashore before the vessel could be recovered, Yarmouth RNLI requested HM Coastguard to provide back up with Lymington Inshore Lifeboat. Six of the casualties, shaken and suffering from the cold were taken ashore, a seventh person with a back injury was airlifted by SAR 175 and transferred to an awaiting ambulance.

The rib was jointly recovered from the marshes by Yarmouth and Lymington RNLI and towed back to Lymington by the inshore lifeboat.

Yarmouth lifeboat returned to harbour and was ready for service by 3.45am.

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 [email protected] 07976 731906

Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer SE and London [email protected]

Photo of the Yarmouth RNLI crew preparing the 'Y' boat for service.

RNLI/Paul Dunt

The Yarmouth RNLI crew preparing the 'Y' boat for service.

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