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Lymington RNLI Lifeboat called to search for unmanned dinghy reported adrift in

Lifeboats News Release

Lymington RNLI volunteers were called at 4.38pm on Saturday 16 June to search for a small apparently unmanned dinghy reported adrift by a passing yacht.

Launching into a building South Westerly breeze with a good spring tide ebb running to the west it soon became apparent that the yacht had seen the dinghy some time earlier and only recently thought to report it.

Using a combination of Coastguard drift models and local knowledge, the Lymington RNLI lifeboat crew aboard Atlantic 85, B-882 David Bradley conducted search patterns in both directions from the last known position and ultimately a small inflatable yacht tender Avon style dinghy (Grey with a Yellow Stripe) was found washed up on the marshes. There was no securing rope nor any signs of habitation and with no one reported missing or in distress, the craft was deflated and put aboard the lifeboat.

Lymington lifeboat returned to station shortly before 6 pm.

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.

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  • Peter Mills, Lymington RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07767 213583 peter@locarno.co.uk
  • Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (South East) on 0207 6207426, 07785 296252 email: paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

· For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789 email: pressoffice@rnli.org

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