RNLI flag at half mast to honour French lifeboat crew

Lyme Regis lifeboat station with its flag at half mast on Friday

THE flag at Lyme Regis lifeboat station was flown at half mast following news of the loss of three crew members when a French lifeboat capsized during a rescue.

The National Society of Sea Rescuers boat – the French equivalent to the RNLI – capsized in violent seas during Storm Miguel, as the seven-strong crew went to help a fishing vessel in distress on Friday. The remaining crew managed to swim ashore and one was winched to safety.

Lyme Regis lifeboat operations manager Nick Marks said: “As a mark of our respect we took the decision to lower our flag on Friday and a message of support was posted on Twitter.”

The RNLI said in a statement: “This is tragic news and a shock to all of us in the lifesaving family. Times like this remind us how perilous the water can be, Our thoughts go out to all involved.”

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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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