Sailor delayed own rescue by Calshot RNLI after blocking lifeboat in shed with their car
A SAILOR delayed their own rescue by Calshot RNLI after blocking in one of its lifeboats with their car.
The drama, which took place yesterday (Sunday) morning, prompted the volunteer crew to remind people that such disruption could be “the difference between life and death”.
Having discovered the vehicle, with attached boat trailer, parked in front of the Atlantic 85B class lifeboat’s shed, the rescuers were been unable to access it for a training exercise.
They managed to find the owner, who was out on the water, but the person got into difficulty while trying to return to land and needed to be helped themselves.
Commenting that “You couldn’t make it up”, a later-deleted Facebook post by Calshot RNLI said: “The ideal asset to launch would have been the Atlantic 85 – the asset blocked in to the shed.
“Instead we needed to launch our D class lifeboat Willett to assist.”
Another Facebook post stressed crews were on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“When the pagers sound, every second counts and not being able to launch the most suitable boat for the job could literally be the difference between life and death,” it added.