Lymington RNLI launch to a motor boat in difficulty.

Lifeboats News Release

On the 13 August at 5.22pm the Lymington lifeboat were requested to launch by HM Coastguard.

Lymington lifeboat

RNLI/Suzanne Brown

Lymington lifeboat Rescue

The station's Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat B-882 David Bradley, launched with Declan O’Riordan as helm and headed out of the Lymington river. A motor boat was disabled with a line around its propellor located near Clamerkin Lake area of Newtown Creek.



The Lifeboat proceeded to the area, quickly located the casualty and put a crew member aboard to assess the situation. The vessel was aground at the stern and access to the prop shaft was not possible. The vessel also appeared to have lost steering. After consulting with the Coastguard, the crew decided that the best way to evacuate the casualties was to take the vessel under tow to the nearest safe haven.


The lifeboat attached a longside tow, freed the vessel from the mud and proceed to open water. Once clear to do so, they attached a stern tow and made its way to Yarmouth Harbour where the boat was placed on a mooring.


The lifeboat then retuned to station and was readied for service again.


Crew: Declan O’Riordan, Rob Merrix, Simon Naylor, Ben Bradley-Watson

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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