Lymington RNLI volunteers receive commendations
Four Lymington crew members have been presented commendations from the RNLI’s Director of Lifesaving Operations in recognition of their dramatic rescue of four people stuck on the marshes in 2019, in very challenging conditions.
Volunteer crew members Declan O’Riordan, Greg Pachany, Phil Baker and helm Kevin Coster were presented with their commendations by Nick Hayward the station's Lifeboat Operations Manager.
The inshore lifeboat was launched in the early hours of the morning on the 29 September 2019 to a RIB with four people on board. After a careful approach in extremely heavy weather and zero visibility, the casualty vessel was located on the lee shore of the marshes with an ebbing tide. Due to the challenging conditions and difficulty of the approach, two crew members entered the water and made their way to the casualty vessel. Each of the four casualties were walked out to the lifeboat which then proceeded to the station with one of casualties immediately taken to be treated for the symptoms of hypothermia.
Without the intervention of the crew there was an imminent risk to the lives of those on board the casualty vessel.
Nick Hayward commented: 'This was a rescue in very testing conditions, so it is rewarding to see the crew receiving recognition for their skill, expertise and contribution.'
The details for the original rescue can be found below.
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