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A busy training session for the Lymington RNLI crew

Lifeboats News Release

On the 19 February, whilst the lifeboat was transiting to the Needles area to carry out man overboard recovery training exercise, they heard a local fishing vessel calling the Coastguard on VHF radio to inform them that they had found an overturned RIB in the Colwell Bay area.

RNLI/Suzanne Brown

The lifeboat under the helm of Declan, proceeded immediately to the area and quickly located the fishing boat and RIB while keeping a sharp lookout for any potential casualties in the water. When the crew passed a detailed description of the RIB to the Coastguard and they were able to establish that it was one of two RIB’s that went missing between The Needles and Hurst the previous night.

The Coastguard were satisfied that no persons were involved and to avoid a danger to shipping, the lifeboat was tasked to tow the stricken vessel to the nearest suitable safe haven being Yarmouth Harbour. On transit to Yarmouth they recovered various items assumed to be from the overturned boat.

Helm: Declan, Crew: Piers, Leon and Richard.

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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