Lymington late call to help a RIB aground

Lifeboats News Release

Lymington lifeboat was tasked at 00.26am this morning (17 April) to locate and assist a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) that had run aground.

Picture of the RIB

RNLI/Suzanne Brown

picture of the RIB

The location given by HM Coastguard indicated the RIB was somewhere in the Lymington river area with four people onboard.

The lifeboat quickly located the RIB just to the south east of the wave screen barrier. It was hard aground so the helm decided to send two crew members ashore to assess the situation. There were four people onboard and were unharmed. The casualties were recovered onto the lifeboat, then brought ashore to the harbour masters pontoon and passed into the care of the waiting Lymington CRT.

The lifeboat was recovered, washed down and made ready for service at 1.30am

The Helm Declan O’Riordan said 'This shout highlights the importance of safe navigation, wearing life jackets and always having a means of calling for help. Last nights outcome could have been very different.'

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

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

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Crew; Declan O’Riordan, Greg Pachany, Paul Harrison, Simon Naylor.

Lifeboat launch

RNLI/Suzanne Brown

Lifeboat launch

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