Lyme lifeboat’s four hour search for ‘missing man’

Lyme RNLI lifeboat crew on their mission to find a 'missing man'. Picture: SEB COPE

Lyme RNLI lifeboat crew on their mission to find a 'missing man'. Picture: SEB COPE - Credit: Archant

RNLI crew braves bitterly cold conditions to carry out a shoreline search between Freshwater and Seatown

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat was launched on Friday night (February 23) to assist following reports of a man missing in the West Bay area.

Solent coastguards requested the lifeboat crew to carry out a shoreline search in the West Bay, Eype, Freshwater and Seatown areas.

The lifeboat was launched at 9.26pm. Nothing was found and the volunteer lifeboat crew were stood down after searching in bitterly cold conditions for two hours.

After returning to base at 11.45pm the volunteer crew launched again at 02.15 on Saturday morning to continue the search.

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Senior helm Tim Edwards, in the operations room at the lifeboat station, said: “After a report from the police helicopter we were asked to carry out a search about 300metres off the West Bay piers, but found nothing.

“Our four crew members then waited in the West Bay coastguard station for the arrival of the coastguard helicopter. We then resumed the search at about 5am, but it was called off around an hour later.”

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The lifeboat was launched twice yesterday afternoon (Saturday, February 24) to search the West Bay area. Again nothing was found. In total the crew were at sea for about four hours.

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