Busy day for Lyme Regis coastguards

The first call-out of the day was to a damaged vessel run aground at Pinhay Bay

IT was a busy day for Lyme Regis coastguards yesterday, as they were called to three separate incidents.

The first shout of the day came at 9.53am when coastguards were tasked to a vessel run aground at Pinhay Bay. Lyme Regis lifeboat crew were also called to investigate the 18ft Dory-type boat, which had drifted ashore.

In route to the scene, coastguards were diverted to another incident. The lifeboat crew established that the damaged vessel was reported missing from Teignmouth, having broken its moorings during Storm Alex. They removed fuel tanks to prevent any pollution.

Meanwhile the coastguards headed to their second incident, a person cut off by the tide between Lyme Regis and Charmouth.

Upon arrival it was confirmed that the person was a fossil collector and was in no immediate danger as the tide was falling.

At 12.05pm, the team were called for the third time to assist West Bay coastguards with an injured walker on the coast path near Eype. The 64-year-old man had injured his knee after falling.

He was able to provide an accurate location as he had ‘What3Words’ on his phone and, after a short off-road trip, he was located at Thorncombe Beacon.

After primary casualty care was given, the casualty was stretchered from the coast path. He was then transported to waiting family members who took him to hospital.

For emergencies on the cliffs, beach, sea or tidal river, call 999 and ask for the coastguards.

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