Busy 24 hours for Lyme’s emergency services

coastguardsIT’S been busy 24 hours for emergency services in Lyme Regis, with several call outs to assist those on the coast. 

Lyme Regis lifeboat crew were launched yesterday (Monday) afternoon to assist the local fire and rescue service, following reports that three people – two adults and a child – had been cut off by the tide between Broom Cliffs and St Gabriel’s Steps, east of the town’s harbour.

The lifeboat crew were on scene at 3.20pm but by 3.26pm it was established that the group could not be located and the lifeboat team were stood down.

This was the 27th call for help answered by the volunteer lifeboat crew so far this year.

The same evening at about 8pm, Lyme Regis coastguards were requested to help a 13-year-old boy with a dislocated knee on Lyme Regis beach.

The coastguards were able to use the lifeboat boathouse to treat the boy as they waited for the South Western Ambulance Service to arrive, and he was then taken to Dorset County Hospital.

It was then an early start for the coastguard team, who were called out again at 6.56am this morning to help find a 74-year-old man reported to have lost consciousness between Charmouth and Lyme Regis.

The man was found on the sea wall to the east of Lyme Regis and was passed into the care of the South Western Ambulance Service.

Stay safe this summer – for emergencies on the coast, cliffs or tidal river, call 999 and ask for the coastguards.

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