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Lymington RNLI Round the Island race report

Lifeboats News Release

The Lymington RNLI Lifeboat (B-882) David Bradley launched shortly after 7.30am on Saturday 7 July 2018 to provide safety cover in conjunction with our flank stations at Yarmouth and Mudeford in the Western Solent.

This event has historically been run in sometimes quite yacht crew challenging conditions and often provides some of our most enduring camera footage of the year. This year however it was benign with the dominant high-pressure system sitting over the United Kingdom leading to calm seas and for the Solent section, drifting conditions.

Working with the Severn Class lifeboat from Yarmouth (IOW) and the Atlantic 85 from Mudeford, five calls were registered to the Lymington crew during their time afloat, with the first being to a motorboat that had broken down in the vicinity of Warden Ledge and in the middle of the RTI race fleet. This was towed off the race course to safer waters and eventually escorted into Lymington by a SeaStart vessel..

The four other calls where to yachts observed hitting the long-established wreck of the Varvassi. No damage occurred in these groundings and in all but one case the yacht concerned continued racing.

Lifeboat returned to station shortly after 1.30pm to be readied for further service.

Notice to Editors:

· The Varvassi was a Greek registered cargo ship which ran aground on the Needles in 1947. Her boilers still lie about 150m west of the lighthouse. A narrow inshore passage exists between these and Goose Rock and always provides either a navigational test or work for the waiting safety teams.

· 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.

· The RNLI Lifeboat Station open days will be on: Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August 2018 coinciding with the local 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:

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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