Rescue alert after children fall from boat at Lyme

Coastguards warn about the dangers of using toy inflatable boats

COASTGUARDS have reiterated their warnings about toy inflatable boats after two young children had to be rescued at Lyme Regis Yesterday (Monday) afternoon.

Portland Coastguard received several emergency calls from members of the public at around 2pm to say the youngsters had fallen out of a blow-up boat, and a woman was swimming out to them. The boat was not tethered.

Coastguard Rescue Officers from Lyme Regis were sent to the scene and Lyme Regis lifeboat was requested to launch.

Tom Wright, Watch Officer, Portland Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, said: “Whilst the units were en route, a further report was received that the woman and the two children had managed to make the shore safely. The lifeboat was stood down but the coastguards continued in order to establish whether any medical assistance was required. The children were found to be unharmed and they were all given safety advice.

“We would like to remind the public that inflatable toy boats can easily be blown out to sea. If you do use them always ensure they are tethered to an adult who is standing at the water’s edge with them. Inflatable boats and toys must not be used in an offshore wind. If people do find themselves being swept out to sea on an inflatable boat or toy, we advise you to stay with the boat or toy and shout for help, waving arms if possible. Do not attempt to swim for shore if out of your depth.”