The Lymington RNLI voluntary crew were called at 4.47pm on 2 Sept to assist HM Coastguard with two kayakers stranded on the marshes.
The Lymington crew were swift to respond, launching David Bradley their Atlantic inshore lifeboat under the command of Phil Baker, who had postponed his birthday celebrations to helm the lifeboat. The weather conditions were good with good visibility and a SW force 3.
The lifeboat proceeded out of the Lymington River and headed towards Oxey marsh, which lies behind Hurst Spit.
The lifeboat picked up one of the Coastguard mud rescue team near the marshes and was able to locate the casualties quickly. The lifeboat tried to find a suitable entry point to the casualties, but given the location and conditions, a decision was made to request the Coastguard helicopter to support the rescue.
There was an ebbing tide and the lifeboat had to take a careful route towards the casualties and given the shallow water had to lift the engine several times to ensure it cleared the sea bed.
The helicopter arrived on scene quickly and was able to winch the two casualties off the marshes and take them to Woodside Gardens where they were handed over to the waiting ambulance crew.
The lifeboat was back was back at the station at 7.15pm and was prepared ready for service again.
Lymington helm Phil Baker said: "It is important to check the weather forecast and tides to ensure you are prepared and equipped for the conditions. It is essential that you are wearing life jackets at all times whilst on the water".
Suzanne Brown, Lifeboat Press Officer, Lymington Lifeboat Station (07711) 393910
Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer, SE and London (07785) 296252
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