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Lymington RNLI launched to rescue kite surfer

Lifeboats News Release

At 4.25pm on 15 May HM Coastguard requested the services of the Lymington voluntary RNLI to assist a kite surfer in trouble at Tanners Lane.

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The station's Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat B-882 David Bradley was launched. The helm commenced the search of the casualty to the east of Lymington River, on a straight course for Tanners Lane. The sea state was calm and the visibility was good.

On arrival at Tanners Lane the crew was advised by HM Coastguard that the kite surfer was safely ashore. The crew returned to the station where the boat was ready for service at 5.50pm.

The lifeboat crew followed the RNLI’s COVID-19 protocols throughout the rescue. However, it is a challenge to social distance in a lifeboat. With this in mind we ask that anyone considering going out is adequately equipped for the activity and conditions.

The helm, James Lever, said that the crew were very professional adhering to the new COVID-19 precautions, and that the casualty was well-prepared and able to recover themselves to shore.

If you are visiting the coast this weekend please follow the advice below:

1. Take care near cliff edges

2. Check the weather forecast and tide times.

3. If you fall into cold water unexpectedly #FloatToLive

4. Check your equipment and wear a lifejacket.

5. In an emergency dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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