Lifeboat crew called out four times in four days

The lifeboat crew assist a capsized sailing dinghy on their third shout of the weekend

IT’S been a busy week for Lyme Regis lifeboat crew, with volunteers called out four times in less than 60 hours.

The first emergency shout came on the evening of Friday, September 14 when the crew were called to help two men reported to be exhausted aboard a yacht in storm force wind conditions.

The men, who were sailing from Salcombe to Portsmouth, were in difficulties five miles south west of West Bay but sea conditions, poor radio signal and the size of the casualty vessel made locating it very difficult. After firing their second red flare the crew were found.

A lifeboat crew member boarded the 24ft yacht and assisted the men to sail into West Bay harbour.

The crew returned to Lyme Regis at 12.35am on Saturday morning and were called out again within 12 hours.

At 12noon on Saturday, September 15 they were tasked with helping coastguards search for a man reported missing the Spittles cliff area, to the east of the town.

The man was spotted by the lifeboat crew and they assisted coastguards to successfully reach him before returning to the harbour at 1pm.

The crew were called out for a third time on the afternoon of Sunday, September 16 when a sailing dinghy had capsized and become pinned to North Wall with one person in the water.

The crew were quickly on scene and put two crewmen in the water to assist the casualty and vessel safely to shore.

The fourth shout came on the morning of Monday, September 17 following reports of a swimmer in difficulty at West Bay.

The lifeboat crew had just left Lyme Regis harbour when coastguards stood them down after it became clear the swimmer was not in danger and the call was a false alarm with good intent.

Woodmead Halls
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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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