Lifeboat crew kept busy as Lyme enjoys hottest weekend of year

A lifeboat crew member aboard the struggling fishing boat (photo by Andy Butterfield)

VOLUNTEERS from Lyme Regis lifeboat crew were kept busy over the weekend as the public made the most of the scorching temperatures. 

The first call-out of the weekend was at 9.15am on Saturday when a fishing boat was reported to be taking on water off Seaton in East Devon.

One lifeboat crew member boarded the 17 foot fishing boat, the Rosie Lee, using a salvage pump.

Finally, the fishing boat, with two people aboard, was able to sail under its own power and was escorted by the lifeboat crew to the safety of Lyme Regis harbour, arriving at 11.20am.

The lifeboat approaches Abbotsbury where two men were drifting in a dinghy on Saturday (photo by Andy Butterfield)

Just as the crew arrived back at the harbour, they were alerted to two men drifting on an inflatable dinghy three miles offshore at Abbotsbury.

The men were in danger, drifting on a strong current, and were taken on board the lifeboat with their dinghy.

They were taken by the lifeboat to Abbotsbury where they were met by local coastguards and offered safety advice.

On return to Lyme Regis, the crew were called out for the third time again to a woman possibly in difficulty on an inflatable off Freshwater Beach.

The caller, who first rang the lifeboat station, did not follow up with a call to the coastguards. 

The lifeboat crew found no trace of the woman and a search was called off. This call was recorded as a false alarm with good intent.

On Sunday evening, the crew were once again called to two men in a partially deflated dinghy off Abbotsbury.

The lifeboat was launched at 8.32pm following reports of an inflatable dinghy drifting a mile east  of the car park at Abbotsbury.

At 9.01pm the lifeboat was alongside the dinghy and the two men, wet but otherwise safe, were taken on board and landed at Abbotsbury where they were met by coastguards and given safety advice.

Inflatables are often designed to be used in swimming pools and not the sea. The RNLI advises that they should not be used in the sea, especially in windy conditions.

The incidents over the weekend brought the total number of shouts for the lifeboat crew up to 32 so far this year, meaning they could well be heading for their busiest year on record.

Marc Thurgood captured the below drone footage of the lifeboat being launched from Lyme Regis harbour on Sunday evening:


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