Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew rescue two men aboard broken down fishing vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Lyme Regis lifeboat launched this morning (Sunday 25 March) during a training session to a report of a six metre broken fishing vessel.

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Lyme Regis RNLI crew rescue two men from broken down fishing boat

Lyme Regis lifeboat volunteer crew were tasked to assist the Coastguard with a stranded fishing vessel with two people aboard. The boat was reported to be 30 miles south-west from Portland.

The volunteer crew were on a routine training session when contacted by the Coastguard at 9.50am to assist a fishing boat that had suffered power failure. The Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat headed south from Lyme Regis for approximately 18 miles to the position of the stricken vessel. The crew set up a tow and two hours later were back by West Bay where the helm of the lifeboat Jon Broome had to carefully negotiate manoeuvring around the dredging machine currently in the harbour.

Dave from North Devon, one of the rescued men said: ‘We were so relieved to see the lifeboat heading towards us and we are very grateful for our safe recovery.’

Jon Broome, helm of the crew said: 'It was a great opportunity to put the training into action and the crew worked well as a team to recover the boat and men safely.’

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Photo credit: Seb Cope

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Lyme Regis RNLI crew rescue two men from broken down fishing boat

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