Yarmouth RNLI part of great teamwork across four rescues

Lifeboats News Release

Yarmouth’s Severn class all weather lifeboat, ‘Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer)’, along with other RNLI and Independent life boats from flanking stations in the Western Solent, were involved in supporting four rescues as part of Round the Island Race on Saturday 25 June 2022.

Yarmouth RNLI Lifeboat - on route to a rescue

Lorraine (Skipper)

Safety support on a busy Round the Island Race
Yarmouth RNLI’s volunteer crew left Yarmouth Harbour at 9.05am to rendezvous with lifeboat crews from Lymington RNLI, Freshwater Independent Lifeboat and Mudeford RNLI. While heading west out of the Solent in south westerly winds gusting up to 25 knots through Hurst narrows, the lifeboat teams received their first tasking.

At 10.04am a call for assistance was received from two trimarans that had collided near to the Shingles Bank. Both vessels retired from the race, once on scene with Yarmouth RNLI, Freswater Independent Lifeboat escorted one of the trimarans that had suffered damage to the safety of Yarmouth Harbour. The other casualty was able to sail unaided.

The next call for help came at 10.18am from a yacht in Alum Bay, where a crew member had sustained a head injury. Yarmouth RNLI put a paramedic on board to assess the casualty. Both the paramedic and the injured crew member were transferred to Lymington RNLI lifeboat and taken to Yarmouth Harbour where they were met by a waiting ambulance.

This released Yarmouth lifeboat to attend a yacht approximately half a mile north of the Needles that had been involved in a collision and was taking on water. Mudeford RNLI supported with the rescue, put their pump on board and then escorted the casualty back to Lymington.

At 11.44 am Yarmouth RNLI received their final tasking for the day, they attended a yacht near to Scratchells Bay that had lost its rudder. Having ensured that there were no injuries, the vessel was handed over to the care of Freshwater Independent Lifeboat and safely towed to Lymington.

Yarmouth RNLI remained with the Round the Island fleet providing cover until they had passed St Catherine’s Point. They then returned to station and were ready for service at 2.08pm

The RNLI remains an independent charity that relies on voluntary contributions to fund its lifesaving work.

Media contacts:
Teresa Fox, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Yarmouth Lifeboat Station [email protected] 07976 731906

Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer SE and London [email protected]

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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Yarmouth RNLI Lifeboat moving between Round the Island Race fleet

Lorraine (Skipper)

A busy Round the Island Race for Yarmouth RNLI

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.