Lymington RNLI respond to a Mayday call

Lifeboats News Release

On the 21 November at 10.54am, the Lymington lifeboat launched to a Mayday call, to an injured person onboard a yacht just outside of Yarmouth.

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The station's Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat B-882 David Bradley launched under the helm of James Lever and proceeded at speed out of the river.

The weather conditions were good with a F5 wind.

The lifeboat proceeded towards the area HM Coastguard had given, but on route they found the yacht with the injured casualty under motor, making its way towards the Lymington River.

The lifeboat came alongside the yacht and established the casualty had been hit by the boom and was brought onto the lifeboat and assessed for head injuries. The casualty was taken back to the lifeboat station and handed over into the care of the ambulance crew.

The helm James Lever said that 'The crew did exactly the right thing in calling for help immediately and all people on board were good experienced sailors and were wearing lifejackets. It was also good to see lifeboat crew member Ben Jefferys administer the casualty care, which was his first time after passing his exams.'

The lifeboat was prepared and ready for service at 12.12pm.

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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Crew; James Lever, Piers Horobin, Alex Sheppard, Ben Jefferys.


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