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Lymington lifeboat launch to a Mayday call

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 16 July at 4.15pm the Lymington crew were paged to a broken down motor boat drifting off the Needles on the Isle Of Wight.

RNLI/Suzanne Brown

The station's Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat B-882 David Bradley, launched with Greg Pachany as helm and headed out of the Lymington river.


The lifeboat was able to locate the motor boat quickly and arrived on scene at 4.25pm. The vessel was being assisted by a Border Force boat and as soon as the lifeboat was on scene placed a crew member onboard. They prepared the lines ready to take over the tow and the call was downgraded to a Pan Pan with the Coastguard.


The lifeboat made its way back towards Lymington against the ebbing tide. The motor boat was secured at Berthon and the lifeboat returned to the station and was ready for service again at 6pm.


Crew: Greg Pachany, Rob Merrix, Ben Bradley-Watson, Luke Kelly-Granger

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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