Lyme Lifeboat answers Mayday call

PUBLISHED: 15:54 21 March 2016 | UPDATED: 15:59 21 March 2016

The MV Charisma at sea with one crew member and one RNLI volunteer on deck

The MV Charisma at sea with one crew member and one RNLI volunteer on deck


Fishing vessel radios for help after taking on water off West Bay

Lyme Regis lifeboat crew answered a distress call from a fishing boat taking on water this morning (Monday, March 21).

The Mayday alert was sent out by the MV Charisma, which was some three quarters of a mile off West Bay.

The RNLI lifeboat Spirit of Loch Fyne was on scene by 8.15 am and fortunately the skipper of MV Charisma, Tom Copps of Bridport, had the situation under control and was pumping water out of the engine room.

Two crew members from the lifeboat boarded the fishing vessel with the RNLI salvage pump to offer assistance. MV Charisma, under its own power, was escorted back to West Bay by the RNLI where she safely tied up and was met by the Coastguard.

With all safe and sound the Spirit of Loch Fyne returned to the lifeboat station at Lyme Regis where volunteer shore crew met the boat and in short order she was cleaned down, returned to the lifeboat station and reported as being back in readiness for any further incidents by 9.09am. Volunteer crew member Tom Wallis, one of the crew who boarded the MV Charisma said: “It was all straightforward and the situation was pretty much under control by the time we arrived but clearly a Mayday call where a boat is taking on water is potentially life threatening and it is great we can get launched and on scene so quickly. Fortunately we only had to play a supporting role in this instance.”

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