Seven rescued by Lyme Regis lifeboat

Busy day as crew go to the aid of a lone fisherman in his broken down boat then collect six people cut off by the tide

Seven people were rescued by the crew of Lyme Regis RNLI Lifeboat on Saturday.

Six of them - a father and his eight-year-old son from Christchurch, and a man and three women from Bristol – were plucked from the beach after being cut off by the tide near The Spittles landslip, east of the resort.

The lifeboat was launched at 6.47pm and returned the stranded people safely to Lyme Regis harbour, some ten minutes later.

One of the lifeboat’s helmsmen, Martin Croad said: “Including the crew we had a record number of ten people aboard, and the lifeboat performed extremely well in good conditions.”

Earlier in the day the lifeboat was requested by Portland coastguards to assist a 15 foot fishing vessel, Seafox, which had suffered engine failure.

The lifeboat was launched at 12.40pm and arrived on scene, eight miles due south of Lyme Regis at 1pm.

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Seafox, with one man on board, was towed by the lifeboat to the safety of Lyme Regis harbour, arriving at 14.30.