Third shout in 24 hours for Weymouth RNLI Inshore lifeboat.

Lifeboats News Release

Weymouth Inshore lifeboat was launched at 2.25pm on Sunday 25th August to search an area of Chesil Beach opposite the Army Bridging Camp.

Weymouth ILB landing a crew member on Chesil Beach

RNLI/Ken Francis

Weymouth ILB

A member of the public had noticed someone walking along Chesil Beach and then collapsing before trying to stagger on and then collapse again and who appeared to be in distress. They rang 999 and informed the Coastguard who then tasked not only the Inshore lifeboat but Wyke Coastguard CRT and also the Coastguard helicopter which had just been about to start a demonstration with Weymouth All Weather lifeboat at West Bay.

The Inshore lifeboat made its way up the Fleet and landed a crew member on the beach, who with the help of the helicopter and Wyke CRT located the casualty at 2.50pm.

He was taken down the bank and into the lifeboat and then transferred across the Fleet to the Wyke CRT vehicle.

The lifeboat was released at 4.35pm and returned to station 10 mins later where she was refuelled and made ready for the next shout.

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