Calshot RNLI volunteers rescue grounded yacht

Lifeboats News Release

At 2.40pm on Tuesday 16 June the crew of the Calshot RNLI lifeboat were called to rescue a yacht that had run aground along the Calshot shoreline. The Atlantic 85 B-Class lifeboat 'Max Walls' was launched and was quickly on the scene.

Photo of the Calshot lifeboat 'Max Walls' at sea with four crew on board.

RNLI/Justyn Leonard

Calshot RNLI Atlantic 85 B-Class lifeboat 'Max Walls'.

The yacht had taken the turn coming around Calshot Spit and ended up grounded. Volunteer crew Graham Burgess, Jody Miles, Damian Lester and Sean Marsh were able to tow the vessel out into deeper water, perform an inspection to ensure that there was no water ingress and then escort it as it made its way to its berth on the Hamble River.

Helm Graham Burgess said: ‘The waters around Southampton are extremely challenging and it demonstrates the need to have a plan for safe navigation of the many sandbanks and spits in the area. Thankfully the relatively calm weather conditions prevented a more serious outcome.’

Crew involved in this shout:

Boat Crew: Graham Burgess (Helm), Jody Miles, Damian Lester, Sean Marsh

Shore Crew: Paul Courcha (Head Launcher), Martin Bean (Launch Vehicle Driver), Chantelle Moore, Kelley Leonard, Darren Taylor.

RNLI Media Contacts:

Calshot Lifeboat Station volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Danni Strawford-Jones (07721) 694135 dstrawford@hotmail.com

Calshot Lifeboat Station volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer Justyn Leonard (07540) 920678 justyn_leonard@rnli.org.uk

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

For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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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.

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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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.