Don't miss a story sign up to Midweek Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Couple thank Lyme lifeboat crew for rescue

17:58 17 February 2013

Debbi Cummins and her husband Mark thank two of the RNLI crewmen Jon Broome (left) and Martin Croad after they were rescued by helicopter when they were cut off by the tide.  Photo by Richard Horobin

Debbi Cummins and her husband Mark thank two of the RNLI crewmen Jon Broome (left) and Martin Croad after they were rescued by helicopter when they were cut off by the tide. Photo by Richard Horobin


Stranded pair who were airlifted to safety join fight to save Coastguard rescue helicopter

A couple rescued after being cut off by the tide today (Sunday) made a special trip to thank Lyme Regis lifeboat crew for helping to save their lives.

Mark Cummins, 47, and his wife Debbi, 44, were airlifted to safety within 30 minutes of the sea reaching them on the beach, east of Charmouth, a week ago, on February 10.

During their visit to the RNLI headquarters at Lyme they shook hands with the crew members who helped in their rescue - and revealed that they have joined the fight to save the coastguard helicopter based at Portland.

Mark, an accountant from Dorchester, and his wife, told the lifeboat crew: “The most comforting thing was to see the lifeboat and to hear the crew shouting to us to stay calm and telling us the helicopter was on the way.”

The lifeboat was unable to reach shore because of the swell, but stayed on scene until the rescue was completed.

Debbi said: “Between them, the helicopter and the lifeboat saved our lives and we are now campaigning to save the helicopter service being scrapped by the government.

“We have contacted everyone we know to tell them how lucky we were and how quickly the helicopter arrived.

“We are normally very careful when we go for a coastal walk, but on this occasion perhaps we were a little unlucky and a little misguided.”


Other News Stories

The incident happened at Raymond’s Hill earlier today (Thursday), at 3.07pm.

Read more

The incident took place in Honiton Lidl car park on Wednesday, November 25.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:30
Natasha Koshti.

The Budleigh Salterton Committee for Cancer Research UK is holding an Evening In India on Saturday, November 28, at 7pm in the Public Hall.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:30
Awliscombe Primary working with EDDC's recycling and waste team.

The youngsters, aged 10 to 11 years old, visited East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) offices at Knowle in Sidmouth, as part of national Takeover Challenge Day.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:28
Cranbrook Railway Station. Ref mhc 3523-37-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

AFTER many postponements, Cranbrook railway station will finally open on Sunday, December 13.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:40
Upottery primary school children parents and teachers will take part in their own Race for Life event this week. Ref mhh 7169-48-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Parents are also being invited to participate in a Race for Life run taking place tomorrow (Thursday).

Read more
Tue, 15:30

The incident happened at 3.27am on Monday, November 23, outside Honiton Family Church.

Read more
Providing accommodation for gypsies and travellers is a legal requirement that East Devon District Council must meet through its Local Plan

IN A significant development in the proposals to locate a large gypsy and traveller site in Cranbrook, East Devon MP Hugo Swire has urged East Devon District Council to rethink its plans.

Read more
Tue, 11:30
Dignataries gathered for anniversary celebrations at the Honiton Evangelist Church on Sunday. Ref mhh 6818-47-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Mayor Caroline Kolek, mace bearer Dave Retter and other dignitaries attended a special service, before enjoying a lunch.

Read more
Mon, 11:45
Woodroffe students at the sculpture park

The students were able to broaden their contextual awareness and understanding as they were prompted about their own thoughts on the selected exhibits.

Read more

Local Weather



max temp: 11°C

min temp: 9°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Local business directory

Honiton's trusted business finder

Find a job in Devon

Find planning applications