Lifeboat rescues 84-year-old lone sailor

PUBLISHED: 10:20 02 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:52 02 July 2013

Lyme lifeboat crew member Andrew Rice at the tiller with single handed yachtsman Roy Williams.

Lyme lifeboat crew member Andrew Rice at the tiller with single handed yachtsman Roy Williams.

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Elderly yachtsman appeared to be fatigued and confused after leaving Poole Harbour

Lyme Regis lifeboat went to the aid of an 84-year-old lone sailor last night (Monday ,July 1) after coastguards became concerned for his welfare.

Roy Williams, from Portishead, had reportedly become fatigued and confused after he was separated from a flotilla while sailing his 23 foot yacht from Poole.

The lifeboat located his vessel two miles south of Charton Bay, and four miles from Lyme Regis.

After discussions with the veteran skipper, volunteer RNLI crew member Andrew Rice boarded the yacht and sailed it into Lyme Regis, under escort from the lifeboat.

Mr Rice said: “Mr. Williams seemed relieved to see us and was pleased that we escorted him to the safety of Lyme Regis harbour.”

The lifeboat was launched at 6.58pm and returned to Lyme Regis harbour two hours later.

Aftre the incident Mr Williams, a member of Wareham Yacht Club, told lifeboat press officer Richard Horobin: “I just love sailing, but it was good to see the lifeboat and I was pleased to hear of the concern for my welfare.”


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