Lifeboat scrambled to rescue canoeist

PUBLISHED: 19:59 02 February 2014 | UPDATED: 09:25 03 February 2014

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat

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Lyme Regis RNLI crew called to help surf-skier hit by wave off West Dorset coast

Lyme Regis lifeboat was launched yesterday (Sunday) after reports that a canoeist had been thrown overboard off Church Cliff, to the east of the town.

Matthew O’Rourke, 43, from Burton Bradstock, was thrown out of his surf-ski – a thin canoe –when he was hit by a wave.

He managed to swim half-a-mile to the shore, and his canoe was retrieved by the volunteer lifeboat crew.

Mr O’Rourke said:” It was quite a wave and my boat overturned and drifted away. I had to swim for shore, but I am very grateful to the lifeboat crew for turning out and for retrieving my boat. I didn’t want to have to think about buying another one!”

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