Lyme Regis lifeboat crew rescue two men on drifting dinghy

Lifeboats News Release

Following a shout on Saturday morning, the volunteer crew at Lyme Regis were paged again, this time to rescue two men on an inflatable dinghy.

Just as the crew of Lyme Regis lifeboat arrived back today (Saturday 8 August) after assisting a fishing boat taking on water, they were alerted to two men drifting on an inflatable dinghy three miles offshore at Abbotsbury.

The men were in danger, drifting on a strong current, and were taken on board the lifeboat with their dinghy. They were safe and well and taken by the lifeboat to Abbotsbury where they were met by local coastguards.

As the volunteer crew of the Lyme Regis lifeboat, Spirit of Loch Fyne, were returning again they were told of a call from Freshwater beach about a woman possibly in difficulty on an inflatable. But the caller, who first rang the lifeboat station, did not follow up with a call to the coastguards. The lifeboat crew found no trace of the woman and a search was called off. This call was recorded as a false alarm with good intent.

ends

Media contacts

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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.