Lymington RNLI called to a dismasted yacht

Lifeboats News Release

On 31 July the Lymington RNLI were paged at 12.35pm to reports of a man overboard on a yacht that has broken its mast.

RNLI/Suzanne Brown

t was a blustery start to the 2nd day of the Cowes Sailing Regatta and given the nature of the call the lifeboat was quick to launch under the helm of Declan O’Riordan.

The lifeboat proceeded out of the Lymington River and towards the entrance of the Beaulieu River. On arrival the lifeboat crew quickly established that the yacht crew had successfully managed to recover the man overboard. The lifeboat transferred a crew member onto the yacht to assess the casualty and all seemed to be fine.

The broken rig was made safe and the lifeboat escorted the yacht into Cowes Yacht Haven and into the care of the Bembridge CRT.

The helm Declan said 'The crew on the yacht did exactly the right thing and called the Coastguard straight away and all members were wearing lifejackets. The lifeboat crew also did a great job in challenging conditions.'

Thank you to all our voluntary crew. It was Declan who left his birthday celebrations with his family to respond to the pager.

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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