Yarmouth RNLI respond a yacht taking on water

Lifeboats News Release

Yarmouth’s Severn class all weather lifeboat, 'Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer)', was tasked to launch by HM Coastguard on Saturday 05 September 2020 at 3.00pm to a 52 foot yacht, with four persons on board, that was in difficulty and taking on water in the Western Solent.

Although the yacht was initially reported to be south west of the Needles,Yarmouth RNLI located the casualty vessel at anchor, south of Totland Bay. Three of the adults on board were transferred to Yarmouth Lifeboat using appropriate safety measures under the RNLI COVID 19 guidance. The yacht’s skipper remained on board the stricken vessel, along with lifeboat crew that were attempting to clear the water ingress using a salvage pump.

Having made the boat safe, an alongside tow was established and the yacht was carefully monitored as it was towed to the safety of Lymington by Yarmouth RNLI. On arrival, the casualty was then escorted into Berthon boatyard ready for assessment of the damage and the potential cause of the water ingress.

Coxswain, Howard Lester, said: ‘Having the means to call for help and accurate knowledge of your vessel’s location can make a real difference in ensuring that help and rescue can arrive as quickly as possible.’

Yarmouth lifeboat returned to her berth and was ready for service at 7.05pm.

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 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.