Lifeboat crew rescues anglers from Chesil Beach

lifeboat boathouseTWO anglers were rescued by Lyme Regis lifeboat crew on Saturday night after they accidentally ran their boat ashore on Chesil Beach.

The men, cold and wet, were stranded on the beach when the lifeboat crew arrived.

Crew member Tom Crabbe said: “Somehow the mens’ boat – a rigid inflatable – had filled with water when it was apparently beached accidentally and both men had been in the water.

“They were cold and wet but otherwise seemed ok  and certainly had plenty of safety equipment.”

Among their safety equipment were red flares which the men launched to raise the alarm.

Coastguards ashore had guided the lifeboat towards the men on the beach. They were then taken to Abbotsbury aboard the lifeboat where they were met by coastguards.

The lifeboat crew then towed the rigid inflatable to West Bay harbour.

The alarm was raised at 7.19pm and the lifeboat crew finally arrived back in Lyme Regis at midnight.

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