Distressed woman treated after dinghies capsize

PUBLISHED: 09:22 17 December 2012 | UPDATED: 13:06 17 December 2012

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat

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Lyme Regis Lifeboat launched after boats are hit by a sudden squall

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat was launched yesterday (Sunday) after a sudden squall capsized several dinghies crewed by members of the town’s sailing club.

Two of the boats were reported to have been dismasted and a young woman was treated in the lifeboat station.

Lifeboat helmsman Elliott Herbert said: “It was a very sudden squall and about 16 dinghies were involved.

“The initial report we received was that two people may have been missing.

“But we worked closely with the sailing club’s safety boat and pretty quickly between us we accounted for everyone.

“I believe two dinghies were dismasted, and one young woman was clearly distressed and looked after in the lifeboat station.

“It seems the squall came from nowhere and took everyone by surprise. But the sailing club patrol boat worked very efficiently and we operated together to recover the situation.”

The lifeboat crew was Elliott Herbert, Murray Saunders, Tim Wadsworth and Dave Bisson.


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