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Yarmouth RNLI launched to reports of a boat drifting in The Solent

Lifeguards News Release

Yarmouth RNLI Lifeboat 17-25 Eric and Susan Hiscock ‘Wanderer’ was launched on Sunday 26 June 2023 at 2:08pm to reports of a motor vessel which had started drifting and was unable to anchor due to the depth of the water.

Lydia Pitman/ Yarmouth Harbour

Pagers sounded just before 2pm when a pan-pan call* was made to HM Coastguard by the crew onboard a motor vessel located 1.6 nautical miles east of Yarmouth.

Yarmouth’s RNLI volunteer crew made good speed from their berth in Yarmouth Harbour to the casualty vessel where, once on scene, it was established the vessel had undergone machinery failure.

Another near-by vessel had the casualty vessel, which was making plans to rectify the issues, on tow, before heading back to Lymington.

The lifeboat helped escort the casualty vessel, and the vessel towing them back towards Lymington River before returning to Yarmouth.

The Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service at 2:40pm.

If you find yourself in difficulty, or you see anyone in difficulty in the water, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

Notes to editors:

* A pan pan call is often used when a vessel has broken down, suffered significant
structural damage, or someone on board is ill but their condition is not immediately life
threatening. Repeating pan pan three times says, ‘it’s serious, we need help but there
isn’t a critical and imminent danger to the boat or anyone on board.’
● Attached is a photograph of Yarmouth RNLI Lifeboat 17-25 Eric and Susan Hiscock ‘Wanderer’ heading out of Yarmouth Harbour - Taken by Lydia Pitman, of Yarmouth Harbour – consent given.
● 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.

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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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