Man winched to safety after being cut off by tide

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The coastguard helicopter from St Athan in Wales arrives on scene (photo by Daryl Turner)

COASTGUARDS, the lifeboat crew and a search and rescue helicopter were scrambled yesterday evening (Saturday) to a man cut off by the tide between Lyme Regis and Charmouth. 

Costguards from Lyme Regis and West Bay, and Lyme Regis lifeboat crew, were called at about 6pm to assist a young man from Kent cut off by the tide near Black Ven.

The Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 187 was also scrambled from St Athan in south Wales.

The lifeboat put two crew members ashore using their inflatable ‘X-boat’ to check on the condition of the casualty and to assist with the rescue.

Due to the prevailing sea and weather conditions, the decision was taken to winch the casualty to safety using the helicopter.

Despite the casualty’s request to be set down at Charmouth, the helicopter was landed at Lyme Regis Football Club. He was then given a welfare check and found to be safe and well.

This weekend sees high spring tides in ‘high water’ the morning and evening. Please check the tide times and plan your activities accordingly.

If you get into difficulty on the coast, call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

Two members of Lyme Regis lifeboat crew went ashore to assist with the rescue (photo by Daryl Turner)
A full lifeboat returns to the harbour after a successful rescue operation (photo by Daryl Turner)
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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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