Lyme Regis lifeboat crew called to missing swimmer off town beach

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LYME Regis lifeboat crew was called on Monday night to reports of a swimmer missing off the main beach. 

The man was last seen swimming out to a catamaran moored outside the harbour entrance, but sightings were lost, and coastguards were called by a concerned friend on the beach with the lifeboat crew launching at 9.30pm.

The lifeboat crew launched within eight minutes of the alarm being raised  and found the swimmer struggling about 150m from the beach.

Lifeboat helm Jon Broome said: “We searched around the catamaran, using searchlights and one of our crew, Andy Butterfield, spotted the man clearly in difficulties.

“He was obviously suffering from the cold as we got him aboard the lifeboat .

“We took him to the lifeboat station where he was given hot drinks and generally cared for before our coastguard colleagues took him to hospital in Dorchester.”

Lifeboat crew member Mark Ellis, who is also a full-time paramedic, said:“Once we got the man ashore, I assessed his condition in the lifeboat station and when his temperature had returned to normal after about 90 minutes it was decided to get him to hospital for further observation.”

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