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Lymington lifeboat brings stranded motorboat and two crew safely back to shore

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 15 October at 11.50am, Lymington lifeboat station received a call from Solent Coastguard requesting they launch to attend a 14ft motorboat with engine failure and two people on board in the vicinity of Lepe.

Lymington Inshore Lifeboat 'David Bradley'

RNLI/Joanna Styles

Lymington Inshore Lifeboat 'David Bradley'

The inshore lifeboat David Bradley with four volunteer crew arrived on scene approximately 10 mins after launch to assess the situation. The vessel was found to be at anchor in shallow water, close to the shore. The way the boat was anchored combined with a flood tide, rough seas and an onshore force 7 wind, meant the boat was rolling, taking on water and needed to be moved to a safer location as soon as possible.

Lifeboat crew Ed Wallrock boarded the motorboat, checked that the damp casualties were otherwise unhurt, set up a tow bridle and released the anchor line. ‘Once underway the boat started taking on water over the bow and filling up fast. I moved everyone to the stern and started to assist in bailing.’ Ed recalls.

Once inside the Beaulieu River, the motorboat was brought alongside and delivered safely to Gins Farm visitor pontoon, where the Coastguard was waiting.

‘With this type of vessel, stranded side-on, on a lee shore, in challenging weather conditions there was a real concern it could have been swamped or swept onto the shore.’ Ed continued. ‘We would like to remind all recreational boaters that it is recommended to wear a lifejacket and prepare for every eventuality.’

On return to Lymington, the lifeboat was able to flyby David Bradley’s daughter’s wedding on Tanners Lane beach. The stations Atlantic 85 B-882 inshore lifeboat is named after David Bradley whose memorial made a major donation that allows the Lymington crew to continue to save lives at sea.

Crew: Phil Baker (Helm), Simon Naylor, Ed Wallrock, Greg Pachany.


RNLI Contact details:

Jo Styles, Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer, Lymington Lifeboat Station (07725) 640871 J[email protected].uk

Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer, SE and London (07785) 296252 [email protected]

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Lymington ILB Rescue Track

RNLI/Joanna Styles

Lymington ILB Rescue Track

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