Lymington RNLI repsond to a Mayday call
On 1 August at 3.54pm Lymington was requested by HM Coastguard to launch to a Mayday call just outside of the Lymington River.
The station's Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat B-882 David Bradley was quick to launch under the helm of Greg Pachany and proceeded at speed out of the Lymington River. The weather conditions were good with a slight SW wind.
The Lifeboat arrived on scene two minutes later and found five people on board the small motor boat. The boat was aground on the Eastern side of the Lymington River. The motor boat had a small amount of water ingress and with the engine stopped, it had drifted onto the marshes.
Once the helm had established all crew on the motor boat were well, the lifeboat crew set up a tow. The motor boat was taken alongside for the tow whilst travelling along the Lymington River.
The boat was then secured onto the Harbour Masters Pontoon and the crew were met by the Coastguard Rescue team.
The helm Greg Pachany said 'The crew onboard the motor boat did everything correctly in the circumstance and it was good to see that all people were wearing a lifejacket'.
The lifeboat was prepared ready for service again at 5.58pm. The RNLI remains an independent charity and will always launch to anyone in trouble on the water. All the team at Lymington are volunteers and give up their time to ensure the the station can provide support 24/7.
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