Yarmouth RNLI respond to call out during crew training

Lifeboats News Release

Yarmouth’s Severn class all weather lifeboat, 'Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer)', was tasked to launch by HM Coastguard on Wednesday 7 October 2020 at 6.22pm to support in a search for a paraglider in potential difficulty.

Yarmouth’s Severn class all weather lifeboat, 'Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer)', returning to Yarmouth Harbour.

RNLI/Teresa Fox

Yarmouth’s Severn class all weather lifeboat, 'Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer)', returning to Yarmouth Harbour.

Interrupting their scheduled training session, Yarmouth RNLI were ready for an immediate launch. They headed west out of the Solent towards the Needles to support the land based coastguard team in a coastline search for a reported sighting of a paraglider that had possibly landed in the vicinity of the cliffs near the Needles.

A thorough search was made of the coastline, cliff base and inshore waters both north and south of the Needles as far out as the Fairway Buoy. Although the winds were up to 21 knots, the visibility was good and the sea state was slight. Having found no trace of anyone in difficulty Yarmouth RNLI were stood down by the coastguard.

The incident was drawn to a conclusion, the call for help had been made by a member of the public with good intention.

Yarmouth lifeboat returned to her berth and was ready for service at 7.40pm.

Coxswain, Howard Lester, said: ‘If you believe that you see someone in trouble on the water, it is important that you call for help. This can be done by calling 999 or 112 and asking for the coastguard. Try to give as much information as possible and once you have called for help try to keep watch of the casualty until help arrives.’

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 Teresa_fox@rnli.org.uk Telephone: 07976 731906

Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer SE and London paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

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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.