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Lymington RNLI Volunteers called to two entwined yachts aground after anchoring

Lifeboats News Release

Lymington RNLI Lifeboat crew volunteers were called at 12.36pm on Sunday 27 May to go to the aid of two yachts that had drifted ashore after their anchors became entwined off Hampstead Ledge (adjacent to Newtown Creek entrance).

Although initially delayed by the Bank Holiday traffic and a crowded car park the Lymington RNLI crew aboard Atlantic 85 lifeboat, B-882 David Bradley were able to make good speed through an equally crowded western Solent to the Hampstead (Isle of Wight) shoreline to find the two yachts wrapped together by their anchor ropes and both aground in the ebbing tide.

After some untangling, both yachts were towed clear with one being able to continue its journey under its own power. The other with its anchor line still firmly wrapped around its rudder and propeller shaft was towed to Lymington Yacht Haven.

Lymington RNLI Lifeboat was rehoused and readied for further service by 2.45pm.

Helmsman Quote: Wrapped anchor lines are not uncommon in a crowded anchorage however in all my time as a RNLI crewman I’ve never seen such a complex wrap as this and wonder how this was actually achieved.

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 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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