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Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat launched to man in difficulty off Hive Beach

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer lifeboat crew from Lyme Regis launched this afternoon (29 September) to go to the assistance of a man reported to be in difficulty in the water a short distance off Hive Beach near Burton Bradstock.

Stock photo of the Lyme Regis inshore lifeboat 'Spirit of Loch Fyne' at sea.

Max Redwood

Stock photo of the Lyme Regis inshore lifeboat 'Spirit of Loch Fyne'.

Lyme Regis inshore lifeboat launched at 3:48pm in response to a page from HM Coastguard. The crew’s task was to locate a 63 year old male who was seen to be in difficulty about 50m off the shoreline.

The lifeboat arrived on scene at 4:02pm and was guided to the man’s exact position by watchers on the shore and by National Coastwatch Institution volunteers from their lookout post on Hive Beach.

Once the man had been located, he was quickly recovered onto the lifeboat and given first aid. He was then airlifted to Dorchester County Hospital by Coastguard helicopter.

The lifeboat crew then returned to Lyme Regis at 4:50pm having confirmed there were no other casualties in the water.

RNLI Media Contacts:

Nick Marks, volunteer Lyme Regis RNLI Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer (07568) 187582 [email protected]

Emma Haines, RNLI Regional Media Officer on 07786 668847 or [email protected]

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