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Three rescued by lifeboat

08:50 17 March 2014

Lyme Regis lifeboat

Lyme Regis lifeboat

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Lyme Regis RNLI crew go to the aid or an ocean-going rowing boat battling strong winds

Three people were rescued by Lyme Regis lifeboat in the early hours of yesterday (Sunday, March 16) when they were unable to row their ocean going vessel against a strong wind.

The alarm was raised at around 1am when Portland coastguards requested the lifeboat to assist two men and a 29-year-old woman aboard the 24-foot rowing boat one mile due south of Lyme Regis Harbour.

The rowing boat was ‘skippered ‘ by a 34-year-old Devon man.

He said:” We had left Lyme Regis at 6pm and the forecast was for a light northerly wind. We had all the necessary equipment on board for an all-night exercise with the boat.

“But later the wind picked up unexpectedly, and rowing became impossible. I radioed the coastguard and advised them of the situation. It was not a Mayday distress call, but I jokingly said they may have to alert the French coastguards if this wind continued to blow against us.

“The coastguard decided to call the lifeboat out, and of course, we were delighted to see them. They were very professional and towed us back to the safety of Lyme Regis harbour.”

Elliot Herbert, helmsman of the lifeboat, said: “It was an unusual ‘shout’ for us - it’s not often we tow an ocean going rowing boat. But in that wind they were going nowhere. They certainly had all the right equipment, and were pleased to see us.”

The lifeboat was launched at l.18am, reached the rowing boat at 1.26am and arrived back in harbour at 1.47am.

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