Late night rescue for the Lymington RNLI crew
At 11.35pm on 5 October, HM Coastguard requested the support of the Lymington voluntary crew to a dinghy near Keyhaven.
The lifeboat station's Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat B-882 David Bradley was quick to launch in a SW wind force 4/5 and wet conditions. Under the helm of Simon Nuding the lifeboat headed West out of the Lymington River towards Keyhaven which is located behind the Hurst Spit.
The lifeboat was able to quickly locate the 2.8m inflatable dinghy which had run out of fuel. The dinghy had one person onboard which had managed to get ashore. The person onboard was able to direct the lifeboat to the boat by using their mobile phone as a torch.
The Helm Simon Nuding placed a crew member into water to reach the dinghy to ensure the casualty was unharmed and then established a towline. The casualty was transferred into the lifeboat and who was suffering a little from the cold.
The lifeboat towed the dinghy and casualty back to Keyhaven and into the care of the Coastguard team.
The lifeboat proceeded back to the station and was prepared and ready for service again at 1.30am.
Simon Nuding the helm said ‘that it is really important you plan for your passage, weather conditions and ensure that someone is aware of your movements. The person absolutely did the right thing and call the Coastguard for help’.
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