Lymington Lifeboat Station

Lymington Lifeboat Station

Lymington Lifeboat Station

RNLI Commendations presented to Lymington crew volunteers

At 12.22AM, in the early hours of the morning of Sunday 29 September 2019, HM Coastguard altered the Lymington RNLI Lifeboat station that they were tasked to rescue the 4 person crew of a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB), which had gone aground on the salt marshes east of the Lymington River in very challenging and potentially dangerous conditions.

Shortly afterwards the all volunteer crew comprising Kevin Coster (helm), Phil Baker (2nd helm), Greg Pachany (crewman) and Declan O’Riordan (crewman) were authorised by Nick Hayward (Lymington Lifeboat Operations Manager to launch the Atlantic 85 Lifeboat “David Bradley” to go to the aid of the RIB but due to the very high tide blocking the slipway this needed to be done from the Royal Lymington Yacht Club pontoon.

After a careful approach in extremely heavy weather (South Westerly blowing up to Strong Gale 9) and zero visibility, the lifeboat located the casualty vessel on the lee shore of the marshes on an ebbing tide. It was quickly apparent that there was little prospect of being able to tow the Rib off and the helm made a decision to put the 2 crewmen ashore to assist in the rescue of the 4 persons on board the RIB.

The crew decided to walk one casualty out one at a time to the lifeboat and get them on board the lifeboat. Four runs were made into the marsh on a course of south to north each time walking out each casualty with our crew members.

Given the state of the sea and the location, there was not enough room for the lifeboat to turn around, so the helm had to carefully reverse the lifeboat into the breaking sea each time. With the adverse tide conditions it was unsafe to recover the vessel at the time. Without the intervention of the crew there was an imminent risk to the lives of those on board the casualty vessel.

The “David Bradley” proceeded back to the harbourmaster’s pontoon, where the casualties were transferred into the care of the Ambulance service at the lifeboat station where at least one of those rescued was found to the suffering from hypothermia.

The lifeboat returned at 2.40am and the shore crew prepared the lifeboat ready for service.

Helm Kevin Coster said “The crew’s work on board was exceptional under challenging conditions and the boat’s performance was impressive.

 

Kevin Coster

(helm)

Phil Baker

(2nd helm)

Nick Hayward

(LOM)

Greg Pachany

(crew)

Declan O’Riordan

(crew)

This dramatic rescue has led to the presentation to the crew of the RNLI Director of Lifesaving Operation’s Commendation to all concerned which ends with the words

Without the intervention of the crew there was an imminent risk to the lives on board the casualty vessel and your continued commitment to saving lives at sea is greatly appreciated

LOA Nick Hayward said “‘This was a rescue in very testing conditions, so it is rewarding to see the crew receiving recognition for their skill, expertise and contribution.

RNLI Lymington Shop Re-opens!

Following the easing of lockdown we can now welcome you back!

2021 Opening Details

Wednesdays to Sundays 1200 to 1600
From Wednesday 14th April to Sunday 23 May

Also Bank Holiday Monday 3rd May

Tuesdays to Sundays 1200 to 1700
From Tuesday 25th May to Sunday 17 October

Also Bank Holiday Monday 30th August

Tuesdays to Sundays 1200 to 1600
From Tuesday 19th October to Thursday 23rd December

 

Virtual 10k and Children’s Fun Run

coming soon to a venue near you!

Your Virtual Run can take place between

9am on Friday 7th May and

6pm on Sunday 9th May

Prizes to be won!

For more details click on the 10k Run option on the menu above. 

Save the date!

 

Sunday July 18th is Open Day at

Lymington Lifeboat Station – opens 10am

 

  • Come along and meet the crew
  • See how our volunteers respond to calls for help.
  • Learn what it takes to join the crew.

 

Kids! Want to sit in a real lifeboat? Now’s your chance – don’t forget to bring Mum or Dad (or both) along as well.

Lymington Lifeboat Station Open Day
Introduction

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 often working in conjunction with our inshore flank stations at Mudeford, Calshot and Cowes (IOW) and the all-weather Severn Class lifeboat from Yarmouth (IOW) as well as the local Coastguard units and helicopters from Lee on Solent (and historically Portland).

Since our 50th anniversary year (2015) we operate an Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat donated by the family, friends and work colleagues of local man David Bradley, after whom the boat is named.

 

Introduction

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 often working in conjunction with our inshore flank stations at Mudeford, Calshot and Cowes (IOW) and the all-weather Severn Class lifeboat from Yarmouth (IOW) as well as the local Coastguard units and Helicopters from Lee on Solent (and historically Portland).

Since our 50th anniversary year (2015) we operate an Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat donated by the family, friends and work colleagues of local man David Bradley, after whom the boat is named.

 

Assist kitesurfer near Oxey Lake

Shout 04 Day Date Month

Called 1206 Ret 1315

Weather SW 2

The lifeboat launched to assist a kitesurfer, called by a member of the public.  The lifeboat was swift to launch and reached the surfer within 3 mins of launching. The kitesurfer was very well prepared and was slow to reach the shoreline given the drop in wind. He was recovered back onto the lifeboat and taken back to Lymington.

Launched to reports of flares.

Shout 03 Sunday 3rd January

Called 1754 Ret 1855

Weather NE 1

The lifeboat launched to reports of flares near Berthon Marina.  After conducting a thorough search of the area and local Coastguard teams and police finding spent flares, the lifeboat was stood down.

Assist a dinghy and a safety boat

Shout 02 Sunday 3rd January

Called 1337 Ret 1415

Weather NE F2

The lifeboat launched swiftly to rescue a 49er dinghy and safety boat which had suffered engine failure.  The lifeboat took both casualty vessels under tow back to the Lymington Harbour Master pontoon.

Assist a 26ft yacht with engine failure

Shout 01 Saturday 2nd Jan

Called 16.38 Ret 18.37

Weather N1

The Lymington crew were called to their first rescue of the New Year, to help a yacht with 3 people on board near the Shingle Bank.  A tow was established and the yacht was taken back to Lymington

Called to a potential person in the water

Shout 25 Tuesday 10 Nov

Called 2015 Ret 2200

Weather SW2

After an extensive search of the water near Keyhaven and the use of several para flares, nothing was found and the crew were stood down.

Call out to assist other agencies in a search

Shout 24 Wed/Thurs 4/5th November

Called 2146 Wed, Ret 1116 Thurs

Weather TBA

The search was around the Hurst area 

Tasked to assist a power boat with engine failure East of Hurst Castle.

Shout 23 Saturday 17 Oct

Called 2158 Ret 2255

Weather SW2

The lifeboat had difficulty locating the casualty vessel as they had been unable to give the Coastguard their exact location. The casualty vessel was eventually found near Solent Bank and was towed back into Lymington.

Dinghy in difficulty near Keyhaven

Shout 22 Monday October 5 2020

Called 2335 Ret 0135

Weather SW 4/5

Late night rescue for the Lymington crew. They were called to a dinghy which had run out of fuel near Keyhaven at 11.35pm. The casualty was suffering from the cold but a tow was established and taken to Keyhaven. The lifeboat was ready for service again at 1.30am.

Assist dinghy in difficulty.

Shout 21 Tues 22nd Sept

Called 1641 Ret 1800

Weather SW5

The Lymington crew were paged to an inflatable dinghy with engine failure on the marshes near Keyhaven on the 22nd Sept. The lifeboat crew pulled the dinghy to the lifeboat where a tow was established and it was taken back to Keyhaven.

Assist a capsized Dinghy near Hurst Spit

Shout 20 Saturday 5th September

Called 1445 Ret 1745

Weather NW3

The Laser was quickly found near Milford and a crew member placed in the water to right the dinghy and towed back to Keyhaven. The crew from the dinghy were rescued by the Keyhaven Yacht Club boat.

Saving Lives at Sea Lecture

Community Safety Officer David Monks gave a lecture about the work of the Institution to the Royal Lymington Yacht Club.

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Please help!

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RNLI Shop

Our RNLI Shop in Lymington has now re-opened, but you can still shop safely online too. In these difficult times your support means more than ever.

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Lymington Lifeboat in Yachting Monthly

A great article in Yachting Monthly about a Lymington RNLI rescue earlier this year. The helm on the rescue was Phil Baker and commented “It is really important to always have a way to communicate if your need help and tell people ashore your timings and plans.

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Operational Area

Lymington Lifeboat Station

 

For over 52 Years an inshore lifeboat has covered an area of the western Solent, the eastern Sector of Christchurch Bay and out to the Needles.

We work in conjunction with our mainland flank stations at Mudeford and Calshot and Isle of Wight flank stations at Yarmouth and Cowes with whom we regularly exercise.

Apart from being on call 24/7/365, our crew and associated flank stations provide immediate rescue options for a number of major yacht events including the annual Round the Island Race.

 

The welfare of our volunteers, supporters and staff along with our ability to maintain our world-class lifesaving service is our priority.

‘We have re-opened the RNLI shops, museums and visitor centres with immediate effect. Our lifeboat stations remain operational and we will continue to respond to those in need but will not be open to visitors.

‘Our lifeboats will continue to launch to those in peril at sea.’