Lyme Regis lifeboat crew rescue two men on drifting dinghy

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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.


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