The volunteer lifeboat crew were paged at 23:47 and were soon manning the lifeboat and heading north of out Yarmouth Harbour.
It didn’t take long to locate the casualty vessel, which was confirmed as being aground on the marshes to east of the mouth of Lymington river. Due to the proximity to the shore, Yarmouth Lifeboat’s ‘Y’ boat was launched off the stern in order to assess the situation.
Lymington Coastguard Rescue Team, Coastguard Rescue 175 helicopter, South Central Ambulance Service and Hampshire Constabulary were also mobilised to the multi-agency incident.
Having established that 1 of the persons on board required medical assistance and the remaining 6 would need to be taken ashore before the vessel could be recovered, Yarmouth RNLI requested the assistance of Lymington RNLI.
6 of the casualties, shaken and suffering from the cold, were taken ashore. The 7th person, who was suffering from a back injury, was airlifted by Coastguard Rescue 175 and transferred to an awaiting ambulance.
The RIB was jointly recovered from the marshes by Yarmouth and Lymington RNLI and towed back to Lymington by the latter.
Yarmouth’s Severn-class lifeboat returned to her berth at Yarmouth and was ready for service by 03:45.