Lifeboat crew called to two incidents at once

Lyme Regis lifeboat crew tow a stranded sailor and his broken dinghy back to the harbour

LYME Regis lifeboat crew were called to two incidents at once this afternoon (Friday). 

The RNLI volunteer crew were launched at about 2.30pm to reports of a missing dinghy sailor.

Just after launching, they were contacted by coastguards after sightings of an upturned kayak and two people in the water at Beer.

The lifeboat passed Charton Bay on its way to Beer and noted the missing sailor ashore.

The crew continued to the incident off Beer, which the independent lifeboat from Sidmouth also attended.

The lifeboat crew approaches the two kayakers off Beer

Beer Coastguard Rescue Team were patrolling the beach to ensure safety when they spotted the upturned kayak near Pounds Pool, with wind blowing the two men out towards Beer Head.

When the lifeboat crews arrived, the kayakers were found to be safe and well, but with their kayak still upturned. They were advised to return to shore, where they were given safety advice.

Coastguards advised that the conditions today were not suitable for an inflatable kayak.

On the way back to Lyme Regis, the crew assisted the stranded sailor at Charton Bay, with some parts of his dinghy broken.

A crew member swam ashore to assist him and recover the boat, setting up a tow and towing the sailor and dinghy back to the safety of the harbour.

Lifeboat helm Murray Saunders said: “Our volunteer lifeboat crew worked well today, and we were able to make sure everyone returned home safely.

“The beautiful weather is encouraging more people to the beach and sea, but it is important for people to be careful when entering the water, check your equipment, sea conditions and tide times.

“If you see someone in trouble in or near the sea, call 999 and ask for the coastguard.”

It was previously reported that the missing dinghy sailor was from Lyme Regis Sailing Club. The sailing club remains closed and would like to make clear that anyone using the water does so at their own risk and with no association to the sailing club. We apologise for this error and any confusion caused.

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