Lifeboat crew called out during training

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The lifeboat pictured towing the broken down fishing boat. Photo by Seb Cope

LYME Regis lifeboat crew was called out during its training session on Sunday morning, following reports that a six-metre fishing vessel had broken down. 

The volunteer crew were tasked to assist the coastguard with a stranded fishing vessel with two people aboard. The boat was reported to be 30 miles south-west from Portland.

The crew were on a routine training session when contacted by the coastguard at 9.50am to assist the fishing boat, which had suffered power failure.

The Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat headed south from Lyme Regis for approximately 18 miles to the position of the stricken vessel. The crew set up a tow and two hours later were back in West Bay where helmsman Jon Broome had to carefully negotiate manoeuvring around the dredging machine currently in the harbour.

One of the men rescued, Dave, from North Devon, said: “We were so relieved to see the lifeboat heading towards us and we are very grateful for our safe recovery.”

Mr Broome added: “It was a great opportunity to put the training into action and the crew worked well as a team to recover the boat and men safely.”

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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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