Lyme lifeboat rescues teenager from sinking boat

PUBLISHED: 09:20 10 June 2013 | UPDATED: 09:20 10 June 2013

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat


Sixteen-year-old taken to West Bay suffering from hypothermia

A 16-year-old boy was rescued by the crew of the Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat last night (Sunday) as his broken down boat began to sink off the West Dorset coast.

The 13 foot craft was reported to be half full of water when the crew reached him between Freshwater and Burton Bradstock.

The boy was taken aboard the lifeboat into West Bay harbour to a waiting ambulance apparently suffering the effects of cold.

Lifeboat helmsman Elliott Herbert said: “The lad had apparently been fishing all day with friends but was on his own when the boat’s engine failed and began to sink.

“He appeared to be very cold when we reached him, so we did our best to keep him warm and took him to West Bay.”

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