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Yarmouth RNLI 17-25 launched to an entangled motor vessel near Hurst Castle.

Lifeguards News Release

Shortly after 2pm on 28 June, Yarmouth RNLI volunteers were tasked by HM Coastguard to reports of a motor vessel with two persons on-board 3.0 nautical miles West of Hurst Castle, where the vessel’s stern gear had become tangled in a pot-marker.

RNLI/Harrison Bates

Aerial Shot of Yarmouth RNLI 17-25

When on scene, a member of Yarmouth’s crew boarded the casualty vessel, and it was determined that the pot marker had freed itself from the stern gear, but it had unfortunately caused an engine malfunction.

The decision was made to establish a tow from Yarmouth Lifeboat 17-25 Eric and Susan Hiscock – Wanderer to the casualty vessel, where the lifeboat would then escort the casualty vessel back into Yarmouth Harbour.

Once both vessels had reached the Harbour, they were met by the Needles Coastal Rescue Team who would give the crew on board the casualty vessel a quick medical assessment.

Yarmouth Lifeboat 17-25 Eric and Susan Hiscock – Wanderer returned to her berth and reported ready for service at 3:45pm.

If you get into difficulty, or spot someone else in trouble at sea, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

Notes to editors

● Yarmouth Station opened in 1924, then moved location in 1994 and most recently was refurbished in 2023.

Yarmouth RNLI Lifeboat 17-25 Eric and Susan Hiscock ‘Wanderer’ came into service in 2001, prior to that Yarmouth RNLI had an Arun Class Lifeboat 52-08 Joy and John Wade which was in service for 23 years.

● The Needles Coastal Rescue Team are a group who cover the West of the Isle of Wight and are trained in search, mud, rope, and water rescuing.

Yarmouth RNLI are prepping for the ever popular ‘Round the Island Race’ on Saturday 1 July where they will be working alongside other RNLI and independent lifeboats in ensuring the safe passage of the fleet whilst racing through the Solent.

  • Photo attached - Aerial view of Yarmouth RNLI 17-25 'Eric and Susan Hiscock - Wanderer' taken by Harrison Bates.

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Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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