Lyme firefighters win tub race a sixth time

PUBLISHED: 10:14 25 July 2016 | UPDATED: 08:51 09 August 2016

Lyme Regis firefighters paddle home to win the lifeboat week bathtub race for a sixth successive time. Picture RICHARD HOROBIN

Lyme Regis firefighters paddle home to win the lifeboat week bathtub race for a sixth successive time. Picture RICHARD HOROBIN

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Thrills and spills at popular lifeboat week event which sees one crew abandon ship and swim for shore

Lyme  lifeboat crew tows the Colyton Butchers' tub into harbour after the Bolton family abadoned shipLyme lifeboat crew tows the Colyton Butchers' tub into harbour after the Bolton family abadoned ship

A team of Lyme Regis firefighters was crowned bathtub race champions for the sixth successive year as the town’s lifeboat week got under way on Saturday.

But it was the lifeboat crew members in their vessel and the Colyton Butchers’ family trio who made the headlines.

Seven bathtubs set out from Cobb Gate aiming for the finish in the harbour. The Colyton bathtub, with a crew of three – Sarah Bolton and her son Dan and daughter Chloe - began to drift some distance from the finish.

The lifeboat crew decided to tow the butchers’ tub using a rope of bunting, and all three members of the Bolton family chose to swim the rest of the way with Dan clinging to a tub. Mrs Bolton received brief treatment once ashore.

Dan Bolton said: “We started to drift quite badly, and we were pleased the lifeboat crew helped us out. I think we might have a bigger crew next time.”

The firefighters were presented with the Perry Marine cup by Enid Perry and second prize went to Axe Skip, whose bathtub was made from the contents of several skips.

In third place wasSink and Swim and fourth Kersbrook Banger/Chaos with the lifeboat crew fifth, towing Colyton Butchers. Seventh place went to the bathtub called Heavy Treble.


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