Two men and a dog saved by Lyme Regis lifeboat

PUBLISHED: 15:44 06 November 2016 | UPDATED: 15:44 06 November 2016

Lyme lifeboat crew retruns to harbour after rescuing two men and a dog. Picture RICHARD HOROBIN

Lyme lifeboat crew retruns to harbour after rescuing two men and a dog. Picture RICHARD HOROBIN

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Major rescue operation launched as boat sinks off the West Dorset coast

Two men and a dog were saved by the crew of Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat on Friday (November 4) after their fishing vessel sank off the Dorset coast.

The men were hauling pots when their boat, Tracey, listed and sank within seconds, some 13 miles east of Lyme Regis, off West Bexington.

The lifeboat was launched at 11.57am, and was joined in a search for the men by around five other vessels and two helicopters.

It is understood a Royal Navy Lynx helicopter first spotted the men in the water. The lifeboat raced to the scene and found the two and the dog close to each other in the water. The men were wearing lifejackets and oilskins and were also using a life ring.

It is thought they had been in the water for around 40 minutes. All three were taken aboard the lifeboat and given immediate first aid. One man was winched up to the coastguard helicopter and it is understood he was taken to hospital in Dorchester. The lifeboat crew took the other man and the black labrador called Lottie to West Bay.

Both men were said to be cold and exhausted.

A member of the lifeboat crew, Mark Colley, said: “Thank goodness they were found fairly quickly. But staying together and wearing lifejackets undoubtedly saved their lives.”

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