A LONE sailor who spent hours at sea in an open boat in bitterly cold conditions was rescued today (Friday) by Lyme Regis lifeboat crew.
Virgil Turner, chief fire officer in Lyme Regis, who was out on a fishing trip, reported that the man was in difficulties on a 15 foot yacht, 11 miles east of the town.
The man was found to be suffering from the effects of the cold conditions and was taken to Lyme Regis harbour by the volunteer lifeboat crew, where he was met by an ambulance. He was later taken to hospital.
After getting the man safely ashore, the lifeboat crew returned to the scene and towed the yacht to Lyme Regis harbour.
The lifeboat launched at 8.35am and returned to the boathouse, after two journeys to sea, three and a half hours later.
This was the 37th emergency call answered by the lifeboat crew so far this year.