Lifeboat launched to help eight divers

The lifeboat crew tow the driving boat with eight people aboard back to Lyme Regis harbour

LYME Regis lifeboat crew launched on the morning of Sunday, June 10 to help eight people stranded aboard a dive boat.

The volunteer crew were contacted by the coastguard at 11.45am to assist a six-metre dive boat that had suffered power failure. The Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat headed south from Lyme Regis for approximately three miles to the position of the stricken vessel.

The crew set up a tow and returned the boat with the divers to the safety of Lyme Regis harbour.

Peter Glanvill, chairman from the Lyme Bay Sub Aqua Club, said: “We enjoyed a fantastic dive photographing the marine life on the wreck ‘Heroine’ with club members and some divers visiting from Leicester but it was a tad embarrassing when the engine would not start!

“We are extremely grateful to the RNLI for arriving so promptly and towing us back to Lyme.”

Lifeboat helm Tom Wallis commented: “The crew were very proficient which enabled a quick recovery for the divers and their boat.”

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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