Lymington RNLI called to assist a sailing yacht in difficulty.
The Lymington voluntary crew were paged at 6.27pm on 25 Sept to a sailing yacht with engine failure.
The lifeboat reached the entrance to Newtown within five minutes of launching and found the White Link ferry had heard the PAN PAN and was on standby close to the 38ft yacht. There was one person onboard and they had managed to use the anchor to stabilise the yacht from drifting.
A lifeboat crew member was placed onboard and to support the tow and ensure the person on the yacht was safe and well. The lifeboat crew member was able to establish a tow line and once this was secure raised the anchor.
Given the large tide the lifeboat made good progress back to the Lymington river where the lifeboat switched to an alongside tow. The yacht was then secured to the harbour masters pontoon in Lymington.
The lifeboat was back at the station and ready for service again at 7.45pm.
The helm James Lever said 'that the person aboard the sailing yacht did the right thing by calling the coastguard and they that were wearing a lifejacket. At this time of year the water temperature drops very quickly'.
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