Updated: Aug 22, 2020
We are celebrating our local hero Will Hancock.
Who has fine seamanship, good judgement and is a brave young man.
We @MannsCookies are all proud of him.
His fast thinking and swift action helped save the occupant of a sea vessel, who suffered a medical episode off Hurst spit near Keyhaven.
The HMS coast guard was alerted by Will who had boarded the yacht from his rib after becoming concerned. He saw the vessel drifting off Hurst castle at around 3:20 pm, on Monday 20th July.
Lymington RNLI was called out by the coastguard, they launched lifeboat Atlantic 85 B-882 David Bradley (an inshore lifeboat) and headed towards the spit. Helped by the national coastguard team helm Phil Baker, soon located the 32ft yacht. On arrival, two crew members boarded the vessel to assess its occupant while a third took over the controls. The casualty was transferred to the lifeboat for medical help before being taken back to the RNLI station, where the NHS paramedics took over.
Will saw the potential danger and boarded the yacht from his rib and called 999 for urgent assistance.
He stopped the situation from getting much worse.
The photo was taken by Will.
While aboard the vessel.
He is our local hero.
The RNLI is an amazing charity, that saves lives at sea, please donate.
To help appreciate local heroes, we are organising a give-away.
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