Lifeboat called to the aid of another lifeboat as busy week continues

Lyme Regis lifeboat crew approach the old lifeboat Gryphon off Seaton beach (photo by Andy Butterfield)

A BUSY week for emergency services on the coast continued yesterday (Tuesday) with two incidents for the lifeboat crew and coastguards. 

Lyme Regis lifeboat crew answered an emergency call yesterday afternoon – to go to the aid of another lifeboat!

A former ship’s lifeboat, once capable of carrying 50 people, was reported drifting with engine problems off Seaton beach.

The old lifeboat, named Gryphon, with four men aboard,  was on sea trials when the alarm was raised by Beer Coastguards at 3.55pm.

The Gryphon was later able to sail under its own steam and was escorted by the RNLI crew to the safety of Lyme Regis harbour arriving at 5.20pm.

On return, the lifeboat crew were then asked to assist Lyme Regis Coastguards with a casualty aboard a RIB boat suffering from back trouble.

The casualty had collapsed into the bow of the vessel after sustaining a back injury in heavy seas.

The lifeboat and coastguards worked together to extract the casualty from the boat and pass them into the care of the South Western Ambulance Service.

Tuesday’s incidents added to a busy week for the lifeboat and coastguards, who had already been called to total of three incidents in the previous 24 hours.

Stay safe this summer – for emergencies on the coast, cliffs or tidal river, call 999 and ask for the coastguards.

The lifeboat and coastguards worked together to assist a casualty with back injuries
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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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