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Two shouts for the Lymington RNLI crew in 24 hours.

Lifeboats News Release

On 16 July at 9.08pm the Lymington voluntary crew were paged by HM Coastguard, to a report of red flares being seen from the Yacht Haven in the direction of Yarmouth.

Lifeboat rescue

RNLI/Suzanne Brown

Lymington RNLI

The lifeboat was quick to launch and headed out of the Lymington River. After conducting a shoreline search from East to West the lifeboat was stood down by Solent Coastguard. The CRT team had found empty flares by the sea wall next to Yacht Haven and said they saw some youths in that area playing around. The Lifeboat was back on pager at the boat house at 10.03pm.

Helm Greg said 'Flares are used as a means to alert people if there are in difficulty. It is important for people to understand the seriousness and danger of letting off flares.'

Greg Pachany (helm), Ben Bradley-Watson (crew), Simon Naylor (crew), Gunnar Christensen (crew).

The following day (17 July) at 1.48pm Lymington launched the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat David Bradley, at the request of HM Coastguard, to a broken down motorboat.

The lifeboat headed toward the Hurst Castle and found the 10 metre motorboat between Hurst and Fort Albert with two people onboard. The motor vessel was using only the port engine in tick over mode just about stemming the ebbing tide. The wind was strong, blowing 20-25 knots and the with wind against tide, made it choppy in the Hurst Narrows.

Both people onboard were unharmed and a lifeboat crew member was placed onto the vessel to help the owner take control of the vessel. Shortly after the transfer of the crew it was noticed some black smoke coming out of the engine bay. The motor vessel was told to switch off the port engine. The lifeboat then undertook an over the stern tow in direction of Lymington Yacht Haven.

Crew: Greg Pachany (Helm), Rob Merrix (crew), Alan Punton (crew), Leon Hockley (crew)

All the crew at Lymington are volunteers and the RNLI relies on our generous supporters to help saves lives at sea. RNLI

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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