WATCH: Lyme Regis lifeboat launched across beach during busy Easter weekend

LYME Regis lifeboat crew were launched three times over the Easter weekend, including once across the sand beach due to the particularly low spring tide. 

The volunteer RNLI crew was launched at 1.30pm on Saturday April, 16 to assist coastguards with reports of people cut off by the tide near Charmouth.

The lifeboat was quickly on the scene, where the casualties were attempting to walk between Charmouth and Lyme Regis.

One  lifeboat crew member swam ashore and they were able to walk safely back to Charmouth.

In addition, there were two people stuck in the shale mud landslides below the cliffs between Charmouth and Golden Cap.

Another of the volunteer crew swam ashore  to help. They waited for the lifeboat to return with additional crew and, using their  inflatable x-boat, were able to ferry the casualties to the main lifeboat. 

They were then returned to Charmouth where they were greeted by the local coastguard team.

The two people rescued were from Birmingham visiting the area for the day.

One said: “We are so thankful to everyone involved with rescuing us today and we’re ever so sorry for the inconvenience.”

The crew were called out to a similar report on Monday, April 18 – just before crew members were scheduled to help with the Bank Holiday duck race in the River Lim.

Fortunately, there were enough volunteers to launch the boat and still help at the fundraising event in aid of the Christmas lights.

A second call-out of the day came just after the duck race for a person in the water near West Bexington but the coastguard helicopter arrived just before the lifeboat.

The man, aged in his 40s and from the Dorchester area, was recovered from the sea but police said he was sadly pronounced dead.

This was the second tragedy on the West Dorset coast in a week, after a man died after going into the sea at West Bay the previous Monday.

The lifeboat had to be launched over the busy sandy beach, due to the particularly low spring tide, with the RNLI tractor driving it across the beach and well into the water whole other volunteers cleared the crowds.

Nick Marks, lifeboat operations manager, said: “We would encourage any visitor to the area to check tide times before walking along the beach, at Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre.

“This half term week the local area is experiencing very high tides, so it is very important to check.”

If you see anyone in trouble in the sea, call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

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