Four rescued from sinking speedboat
PUBLISHED: 08:17 12 August 2013 | UPDATED: 09:04 12 August 2013
Lyme Regis lifeboat crew scrambled after boat goes down off Charmouth
Three men and a woman were rescued by the crew of the Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat yesterday evening (Sunday) when their speedboat sank off Charmouth.
The incident happened shortly after the lifeboat had towed a broken down RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) with eight people aboard into West Bay Harbour.
Lyme Regis deputy launching authority Colin Jones said: ”Coastguards ashore who had been helping with the first incident spotted the speedboat taking on water and then sinking, throwing four people into the water. They quickly raised the alarm.”
The lifeboat volunteers were changing out of their dry suits in the lifeboat station when the second emergency call came though, so they were able to launch the lifeboat again in two minutes.
Lifeboat helmsman Elliott Herbert said: ”When we arrived on scene all four adults were in the water and the speedboat was just visible above the surface.
“Needless to say, they were pleased to see us.”
All four were taken to the lifeboat station, cold and wet but otherwise unhurt.
After returning to the lifeboat station the lifeboat crew recovered the 16 foot speedboat and beached it outside Lyme Regis harbour.
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