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Two shouts in a day for the Lymington RNLI crew

Lifeboats News Release

Yesterday (29 May) at 2.21 am the Lymington voluntary crew were woken by their pagers. HM Coastguard had requested the lifeboat to launch to a 7 metre sailing boat aground near Keyhaven.

lifeboat on route to rescue in the water

RNLI/Suzanne Brown

lifeboat on route to rescue

The crew assembled at the station and was quick to launched into the Lymington River and headed out towards Keyhaven, under the helm of Greg Pachany. Weather conditions were good, clear skies, wind NE force 4/5, sea state slight.

The lifeboat quickly found the location of the vessel and assessed the situation. A crew member went into the water and walked across to the casualty vessel to see if a tow was possible.

Given the location and the vessel was not causing any danger to navigation an anchor was placed out and the 2 people onboard were taken onto the lifeboat. They were bought back into the lifeboat station and handed over into the care of the Coastguard Rescue Team.

The shore crew got the boat ready for service again at 3.28am and then all crew returned to their homes for some well earned sleep.

Crew Greg Pachany (Helm), Simon Naylor, Paul Harrison, Gunnar Christensen

The second shout of the day came at 11.51am when HM Coastguard requested the lifeboat launch to a Pan Pan medical situation.

The vessel was passing through the Hurst Narrows in the Solent and the lifeboat launched quickly under the helm of Greg Pachany. It travelled towards the location of the vessel and two lifeboat crew members were placed onboard to administer casualty care. The decision was made to keep the casualty on the vessel with the two lifeboat crew members and proceeded to Lymington.

The casualty was taken into the boat house by the shore crew and was given further care until the Ambulance crew arrived. The boat was made ready again for service at 12.45pm.

Crew: Greg Pachany, Declan O’Riordan, Rob Merrix, Paul Harrison.

Thank you to all the voluntary crew who give up their time to support Lymington RNLI. We are an independent charity that receives no Government funding and rely on donations from our supporters. We are currently looking to expand our fundraising team for the Lymington RNLI station. We have some interesting plans for this year but none will be possible without the support of the volunteer team. So if you have some spare time and want to support your local station please get in touch by emailing[email protected] or pop along for a chat and cuppa at the lifeboat satiation on the 4th and 17th June between 10-12.

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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