WATCH: RNLI crew called out amid Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week events

LYME Regis lifeboat crew were called to reports of an unconscious woman on the water’s edge in West Bexington amid their Lifeboat Week events on Tuesday. 

The volunteers crew was launched at 5.15pm on the fourth day of Lifeboat Week, just as the crab catching competition was starting on the Cobb, meaning there was a big crowd to watch the boat launch.

On arrival at the scene, two members of the volunteer lifeboat crew went ashore to help the woman, who spoke to them before coastguards arrived followed by a coastguard helicopter.

The woman was later taken to hospital in Dorchester by the coastguard helicopter.

The lifeboat crew was stood down by Solent coastguards at 6.20pm, returning to Lyme Regis harbour at 6.35pm.

This was the 24th call for help answered by the RNLI volunteers in Lyme Regis so far this year.

The crew had been launched earlier in the day to reports of a missing boy, but the search was called off just as they made it into the harbour.

Meanwhile, Lifeboat Week events continue until Saturday, with highlights to include the British Army’s Red Devils freefall parachute display team dropping onto Lyme Regis beach on Thursday afternoon.

Friday will be Pirate Day, with pirate-theme events and fancy dress throughout the day, culminating with the tug o’ war across the harbour mouth and a party at Lyme Regis Brewery.

Full details of all the week’s events can be found in Lifeboat Week programmes, available for £2 at local outlets, or download the Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week app.

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