Lymington RNLI called to a medical emergency and a RIB aground on the marshes.

Lifeguards News Release

On 26 August at 16.40 the Lymington crew were requested to support the ambulance service to someone injured in Colwell Bay on the Isle of Wight.

RIB aground

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RIB aground

The station's Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat B-882 David Bradley launched under the helm of Simon Nuding. The weather conditions were fair with a slight wind.


The ambulance could not get access to the lady who had sustained a leg injury and required the lifeboat to evacuate her off the beach. The lifeboat arrived on scene and after a brief search of the shoreline, found the casualty with an ambulance crew member. The lifeboat was beached on the shore as close as possible to the casualty and two crew members went ashore to help support the ambulance crew.


The casualty was transferred into the basket stretcher with the help of the local Coastguard and then onto the lifeboat. The lifeboat proceeded to Yarmouth and the casualty was handed over into the care of the waiting ambulance.


Lifeboat crew members, Simon Nuding, James Douch, Simon Naylor, Asher White.


The second shout was a late night call for the crew on the 27 August at 23.39. HM Coastguard requested the lifeboat to launch to a RIB aground on the eastern marsh entrance to Pylewell Lake.


Seven minutes after launch the lifeboat found the 8.8m RIB aground on the marshes, under the helm of Greg Pachany. The crew were quick to establish all three people onboard the RIB were safe and well and the decision was made to bring them back onto the lifeboat.


The RIB was left on the marshes as the tide was too low and the RIB was too far inland to tow. Once the three men were back at the station they were handed over into the care of the Lymington Coastguard team. The lifeboat went back out to deploy the RIB’s anchor to ensure it would not drift once the tide came in.


The Lifeboat was back at the station at 01.30 and was prepared ready for service again.


Helm Greg Pachany said ‘It is really important to make sure you have a passage plan and that your instruments and GPS are functioning properly.’


Lifeboat crew members, Grey Pachany, Leon Hockley, Ed Wallrock, Simon Naylor and Paul Harrison on second run.

Suzanne Brown, Lifeboat Press Officer, Lymington Lifeboat Station (07711) 393910 suzannembrown76@gmail.com

Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer, SE and London (07785) 296252 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

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