Lymington RNLI goes to aid of two people on entangled yacht in Newtown Creek

Lifeboats News Release

At 8.23pm last Tuesday (6 June) the volunteer crew of Lymington RNLI were requested to go to the aid of two people on a 39ft yacht which had got into difficulty in Newtown Creek on the Isle of Wight. The yacht had become entangled in a mooring chain and the crew were unable to free it.


Lymington RNLI

The inshore lifeboat helmed by Declan O’Riordan and with crew members Ben Bradley-Watson, Luke Kelly-Granger and Ed Wallrock onboard, launched immediately and made its way to the scene.

On arrival, two volunteer crew members boarded the yacht to assess the situation. The crew onboard the yacht were safe and well and the lifeboat crew were able to quickly free the vessel and ensure there was no water ingress, leaving the yacht able to continue on passage safely.

The lifeboat was stood down by HM Coastguard and returned to the station where it was made ready for service by 9.55pm.

Speaking following the call out, Lymington RNLI Helm Declan O'Riordan said: ‘The skipper of the yacht was concerned for his crew's safety and did the right thing calling for assistance and we were delighted to help.

'As we continue to enjoy some good weather, we would encourage anyone planning a trip to the coast or an activity at sea to go prepared. Always check weather and tide times, always carry a means of communication and always wear a lifejacket or suitable flotation device for your activity. Should you get into difficulty, call 999 or 112 and ask for assistance.'


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