Holy helium! It's Batman and it's bobbin' off Lyme Regis

PUBLISHED: 16:41 30 March 2019

The Batman balloon is returned to shore by Lyme Regis lifeboat crew. Picture Richard Horobin

The Batman balloon is returned to shore by Lyme Regis lifeboat crew. Picture Richard Horobin

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Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat last night (Friday March 29) recovered one of the oddest items in recent years after receiving an emergency call - a Batman balloon.

The alert was raised when coastguards received a report of ’an object’ floating in the water off Abbotsbury.

Lifeboat helm Tim Edwards said:’ “Obviously from the shore it would not have been clear what this object was. It would have looked very strange, so it was something which had to be checked out by us and the coastguards.

“When we were close to the object it became clear it was a large helium type balloon with a Batman logo.

“We recovered the balloon from the sea to prevent pollution.”

The lifeboat launched at 6.30pm and returned to Lyme Regis at 7.45.

This was the fourth call answered by the Lyme Regis volunteers so far this year.

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