Sailors rescued by Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew as their dinghy capsizes

Lifeboats News Release

Two ex-professional sailors were rescued by the crew of Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat today when their dinghy capsized in strong winds 500m south of the town’s harbour.

Sam Brearey, 30, from Canterbury, and Christian Birrell, also 30, from London, were training for a national sailing championships event next weekend when the forestay – a rope supporting the mast – broke and their vessel capsized throwing them both overboard.

Both men were in the water when the lifeboat crew arrived. The 14 foot Merlin Rocket sailing boat with the two men aboard was then towed by the lifeboat to the safety of Lyme Regis harbour.

Sam Brearey said:’ Despite all the experience we have both gained, if the forestay goes you have a major problem.

‘We were very pleased to see the lifeboat crew, who were brilliant at working together to recover us and the boat. There was simply nothing we could do after the forestay broke.’

The volunteer lifeboat crew were requested to launch by coastguards at 2.27pm and returned to Lyme Regis harbour at 4pm.

Capsized boat as crew arrive on scene

RNLI/Seb Cope

Capsized boat as crew arrive on scene
Volunteer crew with the rescued sailors

RNLI/Seb Cope

Volunteer crew with the rescued sailors

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