Lifeboat scrambled to rescue canoeist

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat

Sunday, February 2, 2014
7:59 PM

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

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

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!”

0 comments

Photo Orders
Letters
Competitions
Subscription
Join us on Facebook
View or book a notice

Join our newsletter

Local Search 24 – East Devon
Looking for a:

Location:

Search radius:

Exmouth's trusted business directory