Lyme lifeboat rescues kayaker hit by giant wave

Crew diverts from training session to save Uplyme man from rough seas

A Kayaker who fell overboard when he was struck by a seven-foot wave was rescued by Lyme Regis lifeboat yesterday morning (Sunday).

The RNLI crew was returning after a training session when onlookers on the harbour wall waved and shouted after seeing the kayak overturn in rough seas.

Helmsman James Rice and his crew lifted the kayaker, Paul Hills, 52, and his craft aboard the lifeboat and returned them to the safety of the harbour.

Mr Hills, from Uplyme, said:” I was delighted to see the lifeboat crew. They did a first class job in difficult conditions.”

The lifeboat was also launched on Saturday evening following a report that a person had been seen in the water just outside Lyme Regis harbour.

After a thorough search it was established that the report was a false alarm with good intent and that the sighting was a mooring buoy with a smaller buoy attached.

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** Pitcure: Kayaker Paul Hills is s brought afely ashore by RNLI lifeboat crew . Photo Richard Horobin