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Parachute flares used to find yacht in foggy Solent

David Bradley

Lifeboat volunteers at Lymington, on the UK South Coast, came to the aid of a yacht with an engine fire after deploying parachute flares in darkness.

The Lymington RLNI crew  on board Atlantic 85 B-882 David Bradley were on their way back from an earlier rescue in a foggy Solent early one morning in June when the were asked to help with another mission.

They joined Calshot RNLI crews and the Hill Head Coastguard mobile team in a search for a 14metre yacht that had issued a Mayday call due to an engine fire.

The search was started off the Hill Head shoreline. Using direction-finding equipment, the Lymington crew illuminated the area with white parachute flares. They identified the yacht off the Weston shore, near the entrance to the River Itchen, at the top of Southampton Water.

Calshot RNLI crew arrived on scene marginally ahead of the Lymington crew at 2.45am. Having conducted a joint assessment that the fire was extinguished, the Lymington crew were stood down.

Lymington lifeboat returned to station having been at sea for close to nine hours.

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 Lymington RNLI Lifeboat Station is holding open days on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August 2018, which coincide with the local food festival being held on the adjacent Bath Road Park.

The image of David Bradley on a previous mission is from the Lymington Lifeboat Station website page.

Jun 28, 2018