VOLUNTEERS from Lyme Regis lifeboat crew sprung into action amid their fundraising activities on Tuesday as they were called to reports of a missing swimmer.
The crew quickly cleared the busy Cobb and slipway, where activities were being held for the third day of Lifeboat Week, and launched within minutes at 3.29pm.
There were fears that a swimmer was missing off Seaton beach after his rucksack was found ashore, and the crew worked with coastguards from Beer to carry out coastline searches.
The search was called off when it was established that the man was safe and well ashore and the lifeboat crew returned to Lyme Regis at 5.20pm.
Volunteer lifeboat operations manager Nick Marks said: “When we get reports such as this it is always better to be safe rather than sorry.”
The crew were called out again on Wednesday evening just after 6pm to reports of windsurfing equipment found ashore east of West Bay Harbour.
The lifeboat volunteers were stood down 19 minutes later when West Bay coastguards reported that the owner of the equipment was safe and well ashore.
This was the 21st emergency shout for the Lyme Regis crew so far this year and the fourth during Lifeboat Week events, with others taking place during a charity cricket match on Friday evening and just after a fire demonstration at the lifeboat station on Monday night.
Meanwhile, Lifeboat Week events have continued undisrupted by both call-outs and the showery weather.
Today (Thursday), events will include a barbecue on the slipway and a display by the Army’s Red Devils parachute team on the main beach.
A duck race will be held on Friday and a charity football match between the emergency services in Uplyme on Saturday.
The lifeboat crew will then be hosting its annual Blessing of the Boats ceremony – postponed from May – on Sunday, August 1 outside the lifeboat station at 2pm.
For full details of all events this week, buy the Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week programme from local outlets including the RNLI shop on the Cobb, or download the new Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week app from the App Store or Google Play.