Lyme Lifeboat Week off to a flying start

PUBLISHED: 10:02 27 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:32 27 July 2017

Firefighters bring a 'casualty' out from the smoke-filled lifeboat station. Picture: RICHARD HOROBIN

Firefighters bring a 'casualty' out from the smoke-filled lifeboat station. Picture: RICHARD HOROBIN

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Local firefighters demonstrate their skills at the Cobb - and their chief is awarded a medal

Lyme Regis fire chief Virgil Turner, with his son Noah, 3, receives his long service and good conduct medal from Stuart Legg, Area Commander for Dorset. Picture RICHARD HOROBINLyme Regis fire chief Virgil Turner, with his son Noah, 3, receives his long service and good conduct medal from Stuart Legg, Area Commander for Dorset. Picture RICHARD HOROBIN

Lifeboat Week in Lyme Regis got off to a flying start despite heavy showers on the first two days.

Irene Roper, chairman of the organisers, the Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild, said: ”The weather, to start with, was not brilliant, but we have had great support.”

The start of the bathtub race at Lyme Lifeboat Week. Picture: JONATHAN SMITHThe start of the bathtub race at Lyme Lifeboat Week. Picture: JONATHAN SMITH

Irene, who is retiring as chairman after five years, once Lifeboat Week is over, added: ”Visitors and residents, in fact the whole town, have been incredibly good to us and all indications are that we will raise a substantial sum for our life-saving charity.”

The fire and rescue demonstration on Monday was preceded by the presentation of a 20 year long service and good conduct medal to Lyme Regis fire chief Virgil Turner

Lyme Mayor Michaela Ellis meeting the Red Devils.Lyme Mayor Michaela Ellis meeting the Red Devils.

The demonstration, watched by a large crowd, involved a scenario in which an explosion had occurred filling the lifeboat station with smoke. Firefighters from Lyme Regis and Charmouth then ‘rescued’ three ‘casualties.’


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