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Lymington RNLI assist a 55ft yacht in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

Lymington lifeboat was tasked to a 55ft yacht in difficulty on 31 May.

RNLI/Suzanne Brown

Lifeboat during rescue

At 2.53pm HM Coastguard requested the Lymington lifeboat launch to a sailing yacht that had fouled its anchor. The lifeboat under the helm of James Lever was quick to proceed out of the Lymington River and towards Hamsted Ledge near Newtown Creek on the Isle of Wight.

The sailing yacht was being sailed singled handed and the vessel had fouled its anchor on a disused ground chain and wasn’t able to remove it. The lifeboat was quickly able to locate the yacht and a lifeboat crew member was placed onboard to relay communication with the owner and another tasked with releasing the anchor. The sailing yacht was put in astern which took the tension off and the lifeboat crew member was able to lift the chain. The yacht was then able to continue on its journey.yacht was then able to proceed on its journey.

The lifeboat proceeded back to the station and was refuelled and ready for service again.

Crew: James Lever, Alan Punton, Paul Harrison and Rob Merrix. Congratulations to Rob as it was his first shout on the lifeboat.

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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RNLI/Suzanne Brown


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