Informant was not drunk

Her Majesty’s Coastguard apologises for releasing incorrect information.

On February 15 the Midweek Herald reported that coastguards were called out to conduct a search after reports that a man had collapsed and was unconscious on Lyme Regis beach.

The article also stated the following: “They called off the hunt after learning that the informant – who was well-known to local police – had been drunk.”

This article was misleading and incorrect. This was the fault of the coastguard and is attributed to information incorrectly given to the Midweek Herald.

The coastguard would like to put the record straight.

Fred Caygill, from Her Majesty’s Coastguard, said: “We would like to take this opportunity to apologise to the lady who alerted the emergency services and her partner for the incorrect information that was published and any distress it may have caused.

“The information that was given to the newspaper was incorrect due to an administrative error.”