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Muddy medical evacuation for Lymington RNLI lifeboat volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Lymington RNLI lifeboat crew were paged at 1.52pm on Tuesday 10 April to provide assistance to an injured walker at a riverside location that was inaccessible by road on the upper reaches of the Beaulieu River.

RNLI/James Douch

Post rescue mud in our normally pristine lifeboat

Launching within five minutes the volunteer crew aboard Lymington RNLI Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat David Bradley arrived on the scene at the position approximately midway between Baileys Hard Landing Stage and Bucklers Hard Marina shortly after 2.20pm having briefly stopped at the marina to receive detailed location instructions from a member of the Lymington Coastguard mobile team.

Nosing onto the low tide mud, Lymington lifeboat landed three crew ashore to assist the ambulance paramedic who had been able to access the spot from a forest track and who had stabilized and cared for the casualty pending arrival of further assistance.

Once ashore, Lymington RNLI Lifeboat crew transferred the injured walker who had been a member of a group enjoying the riverside location onto an RNLI stretcher and then transported it down the boggy river bank and over oozing river mud into the safety of the lifeboat for the journey down river to the ambulance waiting at Bucklers Hard marina.

Lymington lifeboat departed the Beaulieu area shortly after 3.20pm for the return to station and into the care of the shore crew for a deep clean (!) being readied for further service shortly before 5pm.

Notice to Editors:

· This incident location is only circa five miles as the seagull flies from Lymington RNLI lifeboat station but nearly double that by water due to the twisting nature of the two rivers involved.

· For over 50 years, Lymington RNLI Lifeboat has provided search, rescue and lifesaving capability in the western Solent, Needles Channel and eastern sector of Christchurch Bay.

· Entries are now open through our website: for our annual 10k and children’s fun run fundraiser being held this year on Sunday 15 May.

· The Lymington RNLI Lifeboat Station open days will be on: Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August 2018 coinciding with the food festival being held on the adjacent Bath Road Park.

RNLI Media Contacts:

  • Peter Mills, Lymington RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07767 213583
  • Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (South East) on 0207 6207426, 07785 296252 email:

· For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789 email:

RNLI/James Douch

Beaulieu riverside location - Spot the lifeboat crew in the trees

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