Another close shave for Archie!

Archie Woollacott with lifeboat crew volunteers Tim Edwards and Murray Saunders
14-year-old Archie has his head shaved by fellow Axe Valley Academy student

A 14-year-old schoolboy, rescued by Lyme Regis lifeboat crew after being swept out to sea from the River Axe, has had another close shave.

Archie Woollacott, from Fishpond, Dorset, had his hair shaved off today to raise funds for the RNLI volunteers from Lyme Regis, who saved him and his friend Bo, also 14, on Friday, June 28.

With a hundred of his fellow students at Axe Valley Academy and his mum, Emily, looking on, Archie had his head shaved with fellow student Sammie D’Alberlansln wielding the electric razor.

Lifeboat crew members Tim Edwards and Murray Saunders were also among the audience.

The dramatic rescue took place after Archie jumped off the harbour wall at Axmouth into the river mouth but struggled with the current.

His friend Bo then jumped in to help him but the pair were swept 200 metres out to sea, and were thought to be in the water for an hour before being rescued by the lifeboat crew and then winched into a coastguard helicopter.

Archie is thought to have raised some £300 with his haircut and the school also received donations for the RNLI on its non-uniform day.

A cheque presentation of the final total is now planned for next Friday at the last assembly before the summer break.

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