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.”