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Lymington RNLI assists speedboat in difficulty in the Solent.

Lifeboats News Release

On 14 May, the Lymington RNLI crew were tasked at 8.20pm by HM Coastguard to assist a broken down speedboat. This was the second shout shout in 24 hours for newly qualified Helm Greg Pachany.

Lifeboat towing

RNLI/Suzanne Brown

Lifeboat towing

The lifeboat was swift to launch and proceeded out of the Lymington River towards the entrance of Oxley Lake. The weather was overcast with good visibility and a slight south-westerly wind.

The lifeboat was quick to find the 4-metre speedboat with two people on board which had suffered engine failure. The casualties had managed to anchor the speedboat to ensure they did not drift into further difficulty.

After making sure the two people on board were not injured, the crew decided to transfer the causalities onto the lifeboat. The crew managed to establish an alongside tow and the speedboat was taken back to Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight, where they had travelled from.

The casualties were dropped onto the short-stay pontoon in Yarmouth Harbour and the speedboat secured to the pontoon. The lifeboat then proceeded back to the Lymington station.

The lifeboat was prepared and back ready for service by 9.20pm.

This was also the first shout for one of our newest crew members, Asher White. The helm, Greg Pachany, said: ‘It is really important to ensure you are prepared for the conditions and wear lifejackets. Even though the air temperature is getting warmer, the sea temperature is still extremely cold and can cause cold water shock. I also want to say well done to Asher White for completing his first shout.’

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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