Lifeboat week ends with a splash

PUBLISHED: 11:20 28 July 2014 | UPDATED: 11:20 28 July 2014

That sinking feeling – Lyme lifeboat crew tug of war team  lose their grip and get a soaking. Photo by Richard Horobin

That sinking feeling – Lyme lifeboat crew tug of war team lose their grip and get a soaking. Photo by Richard Horobin

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Lyme Regis Volunteer RNLI crew get a soaking after losing the harbourside tug of war

Taking the strain – Exeter Chiefs forward Will Carrick-Smith (track suit)  take the rope with the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Sally Holman urging more effort. Photo by Richard HorobinTaking the strain – Exeter Chiefs forward Will Carrick-Smith (track suit) take the rope with the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Sally Holman urging more effort. Photo by Richard Horobin

Lifeboat Week in Lyme Regis ended with a splash - as the volunteer RNLI crew got a soaking.

They lost the tug o’ war across the harbour entrance to a coastguard team boosted by the surprise inclusion of two rugby stars.

Exeter Chiefs’ Will Carrick-Smith and Sam Hill added muscle power to the squad, much to the delight of hundreds of spectators who saw the lifeboat crew end up in the sea as they lost grip on the rope and plunged into the harbour.

The week was voted a huge success by the organisers, the Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild.

Chairman-elect Irene Roper said: “The weather was very kind to us and, as usual, our visitors and local people have been incredibly generous with their donations to our charity.

“We are still counting but I am sure we will have a pleasant surprise when we have finished.”

Highlights included the RAF Falcons parachute display team, and on Thursday an estimated 20,000 watched a spectacular performance by the Red Arrows.

All the old favourites drew praise from visitors - the lifeboat crew barbecue on the slipway where around a thousand hot dogs were sold, the crab fishing contest, swimming challenge, the duck race and the belly dancers Eastern Promise and Friends.

Mrs Roper added: “I cannot praise the crew and guild members enough. They worked so hard as a team in the heat and the result was a hugely successful week.”

Work will start soon on next year’s Lifeboat Week planned for July 18 to 25.

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