Three shouts in a day for the Lymington RNLI lifeboat crew
On Friday 19 June Lymington lifeboat were requested by HM Coastguard to assist Calshot RNLI lifeboat with a yacht aground in the Beaulieu River.
Lymington RNLI inshore lifeboat David Bradley was quickly launched at 5.46pm and under the helm James Lever proceeded out of the Lymington River East towards Beaulieu River. The sea state was calm and a SW force 4 wind.
On arrival the Calshot RNLI lifeboat had managed to get the yacht afloat and out of the river and then the Lymington lifeboat worked together with the Calshot crew to take over the towing of the yacht. Once the line was secure Lymington RNLI brought the yacht back to the Lymington River and secured the vessel to a pontoon.
The lifeboat was back at the station and the crew were cleaning and preparing the lifeboat for service again when they were called to a capsized Wayfarer in the Lymington River, spotted by a passing boat.
The lifeboat was back in the water in two minutes under the helm of John Husband. They quickly reached the dinghy and saw that there were two casualties who were in the water next to the dinghy. The crew brought the two casualties onto the lifeboat and secured a tow to the boat and proceeded back to the slipway where one was treated by an ambulance crew, that had been called by HM Coastguard. The lifeboat was then prepared and ready again for service.
Later in the evening the lifeboat was called out for a third time to search the area from Keyhaven to Hurst for a missing kayaker. Thankfully they were found just before the lifeboat launched.
Helm James Lever said: 'With the increased activity on the water it is important to ensure your vessel is prepared for the weather conditions and if you do see anyone in trouble to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard'.
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