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First shout of the year for Lymington RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

At 12.43pm on January 1 2023 the Lymington lifeboat was requested to launch by HM Coastguard. Wing foiling gear had been found on Milford on Sea beach and the lifeboat was launched to see if anyone was in difficulty.

Wing (used for wing foiling) found on beach

RNLI/Joanna Styles

Wing (used for wing foiling) found on beach
The lifeboat launched under the helm of Phil Baker and proceeded straight to Milford beach, where the wing foil had been found by a local Coastguard team.
The lifeboat started a shoreline search from Hurst Castle to Milford beach and back to Hurst Castle. Nothing was found and so the crew started a creeping line ahead search from Keyhaven to Tanners Lane.

After several hours of searching the lifeboat was stood down at 3pm by the Coastguard and returned to the station and was ready for service again at 3.30pm.
Phil Baker helm said 'This shout demonstrates the importance of labelling your kit. If there had been a name or phone number on the foil we could have made a call to find out vital information about whether the person was safe on shore, or missing. Labelling can be done free by the MCA. If you do lose any kit at sea it is really important to call the Coastguard on 112'.

Helm: Phil Baker, crew: James Douch, Ben Bradley-Watson, Simon Naylor.
If you, or anyone you know, have lost an item matching the below images please contact Solent Coastguard on 02392 552100.
Description: Red, white and black wing, AFS branded.

Media Contacts:

Jo Styles, Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer, Lymington Lifeboat Station (07725) 640871 [email protected]
Paul Dunt, RNLI Regional Media Officer (07785) 296252 [email protected]
Search pattern taken by Lifeboat

RNLI/Joanna Styles

Search pattern taken by Lifeboat
Lymington lifeboat with crew

RNLI/Joanna Styles

Lymington lifeboat with crew

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