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Lymington RNLI Lifeboat called to aid a sinking motorboat

Lifeboats News Release

Lymington RNLI volunteers were called at 12.40pm on Wednesday 13 June to assist an 18ft motorboat that was sinking at the mouth of the Lymington River.

Prior to arrival of the Lymington RNLI Lifeboat Atlantic 85 B-882 David Bradley, the unfortunate vessel with one person aboard had been run aground to the east of the river to prevent further water ingress and was being attended to by the Harbour Master’s Patrol Boat and a 'Seastart' (Marine mechanical engineers) vessel that had responded to the original call for help.

Lymington RNLI crew isolated the source of the leak and put their salvage pump aboard to clear the water before towing the vessel upriver to the Haven Quay for immediate lift out.

Lymington RNLI would like to thank the quick thinking Seastart engineer for providing additional pumping by disconnecting the sinking vessels engine cooling inlet thus allowing this to be used as an additional bilge pump to clear the water quicker.

The all-weather Severn class lifeboat Eric & Susan Hiscock (Wanderer) from our flank station at Yarmouth also launched but was stood down before arrival when it became clear that the situation was resolved.

Lymington lifeboat returned to station shortly before 1.30pm.

Notice to Editors:

· 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:

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