Two shouts for the Lymington RNLI crew
At 13.43 14 August Lymington RNLI were paged to their first shout of the day. A 999 call from a person on Hurst Spit saw an inflatable tender in difficulty near Hurst Narrows.
The lifeboat launched under the helm of Phil Baker and proceeded out of the Lymington River and towards Hurst Castle. As the lifeboat approached the Hurst Narrows, the crew spotted a small three meter inflatable tender on the beach near The Trap, with one person onboard.
The lifeboat dropped a crew member on the shoreline who waded to the tender. It was clear that the outboard motor had broken down and was brought onto the lifeboat along with the casualty.
The tender and casualty were dropped back to Milford on Sea into the care of the Lymington Coastguard Team.
As the lifeboat returned to the station and entered into the Lymington River the Lymington Coastguard reported a missing wind surfer near Keyhaven. The lifeboat started a shoreline search near Oxey Lake towards Keyhaven.
After around ten minutes a call came in from the Coastguard that the wind surfer was safe ashore and the lifeboat was stood down.
The lifeboat returned to the station and was prepared ready for service again at 16.05.
Helm Phil Baker said 'It is really important for people on the water to ensure they have the means to contact people in an emergency’.
Lifeboat crew members: Phil Baker, John Husband, Ben Bradley-Watson, Asher White.
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