Lifeboat rescues two in broken down RIB

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat - Credit: Archant

Lyme RNLI crew cut short an exercise to recover a drifting vessel with two very cold occupants aboard

Lyme Regis lifeboat crew had to abandon an exercise yesterday (Sunday) to assist two men in a broken down boat.

They had been taking part in a joint exercise with the RNLI’s all weather vessel from Weymouth when Portland Coastguards asked them to help the RIB which was drifting off Beer Head.

The exercise, to practise rescue methods involving both lifeboats, was being held off Abbotsbury when the emergency call came in.

With just 15 minutes to go before the end of the exercise the Lyme Regis lifeboat left the scene to travel west.


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The emergency call was received at 11.52am and by the time the rescue was over the Lyme Regis lifeboat had travelled some 50 miles.

Deputy Launching Authority John Dover said: ”When the crew reached the two men, who came from the Bristol area, they were both very cold and had been drifting in a northerly wind.

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“Needless to say they were delighted to see us and were very generous in donating to the RNLI charity.

“As usual we were only too pleased to help. The exercise was almost finished when we received the emergency call, so our volunteer crew did not miss out on too much of the planned event.”

The lifeboat towed the RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) – which had gearbox problems – to the safety of Lyme Regis harbour.

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