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Three calls to action in one day for Lymington Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Thursday 13 July was a busy day for Lymington Lifeboat and her volunteer crew, who attended three shouts including a person overboard.

Casualty being winched into helicopter from Lymington Lifeboat

RNLI/Joanna Styles

Casualty being winched into helicopter from Lymington Lifeboat

The first of three pager calls went out at 11.21am. It was in response to a report of a liferaft drifting in the area of Yarmouth in the Western Solent. The volunteer crew assembled and the lifeboat made its way to the given coordinates. Before the search could commence, the crew received an emergency second communication from HM Coastguard and diverted immediately east to a Mayday in the Central Solent.

The Mayday call was to a Folkboat sailing yacht with a person overboard near Calshot Spit. Calshot Inshore Lifeboat had also been requested to attend, along with rescue helicopter 175. The casualty had been picked out of the water by a passing rib, however the Coastguard asked the Lymington crew to assess the casualty's condition and advise on a course of action.

Lymington Lifeboat helm Phil Baker brought Lymington's Atlantic 85 lifeboat David Bradley alongside the rib and placed two crew members onboard to complete an assessment. The casualty had swallowed a lot of water, having been dragged by a rope behind the yacht and was clearly suffering from shock. An immediate evacuation by helicopter was requested. Calshot Lifeboat kept all vessels out of the winching area, while Lymington Lifeboat received a winchman from the helicopter. A further assessment confirmed the casualty needed immediate evacuation and he was winched up into the helicopter and taken to hospital.

'We practice formation winching exercises with HM Coastguard helicopters to ensure real life rescues run smoothly, as this one did. The casualty was assessed and extracted quickly and safely and we wish him a speedy recovery.' Phil stated.

Lymington and Calshot crews coordinated the recovery of the casualties belongings and Calshot Lifeboat accompanied the yacht into Cowes Yacht Haven.

Lymington lifeboat was then re-tasked to the search for the drifting liferaft, which was unsuccessful and the boat stood down after fours hours at sea. However, following another sighting of the liferaft casing, Lymington Lifeboat, now under the Helm of Greg Pachany, were able to locate and recover it later that afternoon.

'It is important to recover any safety equipment found drifting, especially a liferaft, as the serial number will enable the Coastguard to determine which vessel it came from and confirm they are safe.' commented Lifeboat Operations Manager Alistair Mackay. The lifeboat returned to the station, was refuelled and put back on service.

Crew (Shout 1 & 2): Phil Baker (Helm), Piers Horobin, Paul Harrison, Seb Pinkard (Area Lifesaving Manger)

Crew (Shout 3): Greg Pachany (Helm), Paul Harrison, Olly Janson

RNLI Contact details:

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

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

For enquiries outside normal business hours contact the RNLI duty press officer on (01202) 336789

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Rescue helicopter receiving the casualty, seen from the Lifeboat

RNLI/Joanna Styles

Rescue helicopter receiving the casualty

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