At 1.38pm on Monday 31 August HM Coastguard requested the Lymington lifeboat launch to assist a 10m motor boat with engine failure.
The Lymington voluntary crew had a scheduled training day and the first crew had been on the water at 6am, so when the pagers went off the station's Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat B-882
David Bradley left the pontoon where the lifeboat was moored.
The weather was good, calm with a SW F3. Under the Helm of James Lever the lifeboat proceeded out of the Lymington River and headed West towards Cowes.
The Lifeboat found the 10m motor boat mid Solent with three people on board. All three people on the motor boat were wearing lifejackets. One lifeboat crew member was placed on board the casualty vessel and followed all the correct COVID measures to ensure the safety of the crew and on the motor boat.
A stern tow was established with the casualty vessel with Declan O’Riordan (trainee helm) at the helm, giving him some valuable experience. On approach to the Lymington river the lifeboat took the vessel in an along side tow, to make it safer on the busy narrow river stretch. The casualty vessel was placed along side the harbour masters pontoon.
The lifeboat was refuelled and prepared for service again at 2.35pm
The helm James Lever said: 'The three people on board were all wearing life jackets, which the RNLI strongly recommends whilst at sea. Even though the air temperature can be high, the water temperature is low and cold water shock can be fatal'.
Suzanne Brown, Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer, Lymington Lifeboat Station (07711) 393910
Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer, SE and London (07785) 296252
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