Lyme Regis emergency services called to ‘overdue paddle boarder’


LYME Regis coastguards, lifeboat crew and the police were called to reports of an overdue paddle boarder on Friday, December 3. 

Concerns were raised just after 4pm, as the paddle boarder’s car parking ticket had expired but he had not returned and daylight was fading quickly.

Lyme Regis lifeboat crew was launched while the coastguard carried out an initial search of the sea and coastline.

The police were also mobilised to identify the individual and asked to check the home address.

The paddle boarder was eventually spotted in the bay returning from Lyme Regis. Once ashore it was confirmed that he was safe and well and that he was the person emergency services were looking for.

A spokesperson for Lyme Regis coastguard said: “The coastguard would always encourage paddle boarders to paddle with someone else. If paddling alone, please tell someone else where you’re going and when you’ll be back.

“Just in case things do go wrong, please carry a means of calling for help and wear a personal flotation device.”

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