Night Search for Mudeford RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

At 8.48pm on Friday 25 August, the volunteer RNLI Mudeford crew were requested to launch to locate a 22 foot sailing vessel. The boat was travelling from Chichester to Poole with one person on board.

Night-time photo of 'Mudeford Servant' returning to Mudeford RNLI Lifeboat Station.

RNLI/Rob King

'Mudeford Servant' returning to Mudeford RNLI Lifeboat Station.

A family member raised the alarm after losing contact with the vessel which was last located approximately one mile off Hengistbury Head.

The Atlantic 85 lifeboat Mudeford Servant launched at 9.02pm and was in the vicinity at 9.06pm. The light was fading but weather conditions were good as the crew commenced an extensive west to east search of the area from Christchurch Bay to Poole Bay stepping out a half mile on each sweep.

Also assisting in the search were Southbourne Coastguard Rescue Team, the RNLI Yarmouth lifeboat, and a HM Coastguard helicopter.

Brief audio contact with the missing vessel at 9.48pm confirmed that the casualty could not identify his location so the search area was extended further west.

After nearly two hours the vessel was eventually located by Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat and Coastguard helicopter at Hurst Castle. A member of the Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat crew transferred to the vessel and with the casualty found safe and well assisted in taking the vessel to Yarmouth.

Volunteer RNLI Helm, Andy Read, said ‘The family member took swift action to raise the alarm once they had lost contact with the vessel. This was the right decision. Not being able to establish consistent contact with the vessel made it difficult to locate and establish its status and condition.

However, good coordination between the multiple search teams eventually led to a successful outcome. Before setting out on any voyage, it is important to be prepared with the right equipment on board and to ensure someone on shore is aware of your plans in case an unforeseen situation or emergency arises.’

The Mudeford Servant lifeboat has launched 64 times so far this year.


'Mudeford Servant' returning to Mudeford RNLI Lifeboat Station.

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