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Busy Easter for Weymouth RNLI volunteer crew

Lifeboats News Release

Multiple shouts over the Easter weekend kept the volunteer crew at Weymouth Lifeboat station on their toes.

RNLI/Grace Edmonds

Weymouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat
On Saturday 16 April, the pager sounded just after 2pm to launch both the all-weather and Atlantic 85 lifeboats to reports of a diver in difficulty.

The crew worked alongside the Coastguard team both on the water and in the air, with the Lee-on-Solent helicopter also at the scene.

The casualty was airlifted to hospital for treatment.

Tye Shuttleworth, Duty Coxswain, said: 'We had 10 willing volunteers who dropped everything on Easter weekend to provide assistance to a local dive boat, working as part of an amazing team with the Coastguard and Helicopter crews. We wish the diver a speedy recovery.'

On their way back to Weymouth harbour, the crew were re-tasked to a dismasted yacht before they could return to the station.

Both boats were safely alongside at 3:40pm, until being called out again later in the evening to reports of 5 people stuck at the bottom of cliffs at Portland Bill.

An ankle injury meant the group were cut off by the tides and the Atlantic 85 lifeboat was launched in order to provide assistance to the Coastguard team if required.

Due to the rocky waters, the injured person was airlifted to hospital for treatment and the remaining party were safely escorted back to the top of the cliffs by the Coastguard team.

The lifeboat was returned to base by 9:15pm, ready to be refuelled in preparation for next time.

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