Anglers rescued by Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew after launching flares
Two anglers were rescued by the volunteer crew of the Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat last night (Saturday 1 August) after they accidentally ran their boat ashore on Chesil Beach.
The men, cold and wet, were stranded on the beach when the lifeboat crew arrived.
Lifeboat crew member Tom Crabbe said: ‘Somehow the mens’ boat – a rigid inflatable – had filled with water when it was apparently beached accidentally and both men had been in the water. They were cold and wet but otherwise seemed ok and certainly had plenty of safety equipment.’
Among their safety equipment were red flares which the men launched to raise the alarm.
Coastguards ashore had guided the lifeboat towards the men on the beach,
The men were taken to Abbotsbury aboard the lifeboat where they were met by coastguards. The lifeboat crew then towed the rigid inflatable to West Bay harbour.
The alarm was raised at 7.19pm and the lifeboat crew finally arrived back in Lyme Regis at midnight.
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.