Two rescued from rocks at Lyme

PUBLISHED: 12:34 24 August 2015 | UPDATED: 12:34 24 August 2015

John Allan (left) and David Dolling relax in the crew training room at Lyme Regis lifeboat station after their ordeal on the rocks. Picture: RICHARD HOROBIN

John Allan (left) and David Dolling relax in the crew training room at Lyme Regis lifeboat station after their ordeal on the rocks. Picture: RICHARD HOROBIN

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Pair call for help after getting into difficulties in the dark

Lyme Regis LifeboatLyme Regis Lifeboat

Two men who got into difficulties on rocks in darkness were rescued last night (Sunday, August 23) by the crew of the Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat.

The men, John Allan, 67, from Essex, and his colleague David Dolling, 64, both from Poole, were on a mapping exercise at Humble Point, west of Lyme Regis. They got into difficulties as they tried to make their way across the rocky coastline to Pinhay.

When they reached Seven Rock Point in darkness they realised they could go no further in safety and called the coastguard.

The Lyme Regis volunteer lifeboat crew launched at 9.32pm – their second ‘shout’ of the evening.

But because of the rocks and shallow water the lifeboat had to return to harbour to pick up three extra crew members to steady the vessel and to help the two men aboard. Crew members Tom Crabbe and Andrew Rice swam ashore to assist the two men.

Mr Allan, a retired businessman, and Mr Dolling, a former police officer, were wet, tired, but otherwise unhurt. The lifeboat crew brought the two men to the lifeboat station where they were given blankets and hot drinks.

Mr Allan said: ”We were so pleased to see the lifeboat crew. We underestimated the time it would take us to walk back and just had to call for help. Sometimes you simply don’t realise how old you are until you get into this sort of situation.”

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