Lymington RNLI were called to their first rescue of the New Year.

Lifeboats News Release

On the 2 Jan at 4.38pm the Lymington voluntary crew were called by HM Coastguard to assist 26 ft yacht with engine problems.

Yacht under tow

RNLI/Suzanne Brown

Yacht under tow

The lifeboat was swift to launch under the helm of Simon Nuding. The conditions were good and the sea state was calm with a North F1. The lifeboat proceeded towards the mid Shingles area, which is between Hurst Castle and the Needles in the Solent.

The crew quickly spotted the yacht which was drifting westwards on an ebbing tide with little wind close to the shingle bank. The crew and helm were quickly able to establish a tow line to the 26ft yacht from the lifeboat without going on board, given the calm conditions.

The yacht with three people onboard was towed by the lifeboat back to the Harbour Masters Pontoon in Lymington.

Simon Nuding the helm, said that the people onboard the yacht did the right thing in calling the Coastguard for assistance. The yacht was only a few minutes away from being aground on the Single Bank.

The lifeboat was back at the station and prepared for service again by 6.37pm. The lifeboat remains on call 24/7 to assist people in need and all the crew at the station are volunteers.

Suzanne Brown, Lifeboat Press Officer, Lymington Lifeboat Station (07711) 393910 [email protected]

Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer, SE and London (07785) 296252 [email protected]

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Lymington crew

RNLI/Suzanne Brown

Lymington Crew

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