Once again the Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat, The Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer), was on prolonged standby for the J.P.Morgan Round the Island Race. They were called to assist at no less than six incidents on Saturday.
At 07:20 in the morning, the lifeboat was called to assist in a man overboard incident off the Needles. The crew member of a Sunsail yacht was quickly picked up by the Lymington inshore lifeboat and then transferred to the bigger Yarmouth lifeboat where specialist first aid was available. Once the casualty had recovered sufficiently, he was transferred to the Freshwater Independent Lifeboat and taken ahore – a great show of strength of the three lifeboat crews working together.
Shortly afterwards it was reported that a yacht was aground on Atherfield Ledge. The lifeboat went to their assistance and deployed their small inflatable ‘Y’ boat to lay out a kedge anchor. The yacht was later refloated.
The Yarmouth lifeboat also assisted a non competitor. A RIB fouled a lobster pot off St. Catherine’s Point and was unable to manoeuvre and was therefore a danger to other the competitors. The lifeboat freed the stern gear and the Rib was towed clear.
The lifeboat assisted in four other incidents before returning to Yarmouth at 13:45 having spent seven hours at sea.