Georgia gets her first 'shout' while in the dentist's chair
The third 'shout' of the year today was the first for Georgia Robson,only the fourth woman to join the volunteer crew of the RNLI's Lyme Regis lifeboat.
And the occasion was certainly one she won't forget ....she was in the dentist's chair when her pager sounded the alert. 'I just had to apologise and explain why I had to get out of the chair,' said Georgia, 'and I have now made another appointment to finish my treatment.'
Lyme-born Georgia, 24, joined as shore crew just over a year ago and recently qualified as a sea-going member of the team. She said:'We were called to investigate an unidentified object floating near the promenade at West Bay, and it was just a little worrying as to what we would find.
'It turned out to be nothing more serious than a large marker buoy but, of course, when the coastguards receive a call from a worried onlooker we have to go.
'I just love being a member of the crew and will now have to be patient for my second opportunity to go to sea on a shout.'
The lifeboat was launched at 11.52a.m. and returned to Lyme Regis harbour an hour later.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.