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Royal National Lifeboat Institute  (RNLI)
 

        Lyme Regis Lifeboat Station & Shop
        and Lyme Regis & Charmouth Lifeboat Supporters

 

Lyme Regis Lifeboat Station has a crew of some 30 men and women volunteers from all walks of life including builders, carpenters, students, decorators, an accountant, a developer and retired businessmen.

Led by the Duty Deputy Launching Authorities, (DLA's) under the supervision of the Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM).

Launches are initiated and co-ordinated by MCA. Every station member is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

Lifeboat Press Officer:  Richard Horobin


 

Normally carrying a crew of four the rigid inflatable is launched and retrieved by a Ro-Ro trailer and special tractor unit.
 

Lyme Regis  RNLI volunteer crew members operate an 8.5m Atlantic 85 class inshore lifeboat capable of speeds up to 35 knots. The Spirit of Loch Fyne  arrived on station in March 2012. 
She is fitted with the latest technology including radar and VHF direction finding equipment and carries a crew of four.
The Atlantic 85 can operate safely in daylight in a Force 6/7 and at night in Force 5/6 and is fitted with two 115hp Yamaha engines and has endurance at sea of three hours at maximum speed. 
Lyme Regis Lifeboat  Station, The Cobb, Lyme Regis,   DT7 3JJ  Tel:  01297 442230

 

 

Lifeboat Station Opening Times:  9am-5pm daily  Currently closed due to Covid 19 regulations

 

Latest News and Shouts

  

 

 

14th September 2020

 

Rescue of two sailors by Lyme Regis lifeboat crew to feature in BBC series

 

The rescue last summer of two ex-professional sailors by the volunteers of Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat is to feature next week in the BBC 2 series Saving Lives At Sea.

The rescue, in August last year, will feature in the second programme in the new series to be screened at 8pm on Thursday September 24th.

The sailors, Sam Brearey, from Canterbury, and Christian Birrell, from London were training for a national sailing championships when their dinghy capsized in strong winds 500m south of Lyme Regis harbour.

The forestay – a rope supporting the mast – broke and their vessel capsized throwing both men overboard.

Both men were in the water when the lifeboat crew arrived on scene.

Sam Brearey said at the time:”Despite all the experience we have both gained, if the forestay goes you have a major problem. We were very pleased to see the lifeboat crew; they were brilliant at working together to recover us and our boat.”

 

 

 

 

September                                           

 

Council worker Kyle,25, joins the Lyme Regis lifeboat volunteers

 

Volunteers with the RNLI in Lyme Regis have welcomed aboard their newest sea-going crew member, 25 year old Kyle Knight.

Kyle, a maintenance operative with Lyme Regis Town Council,  went to sea on his first ‘shout’  when two kayakers were reported in trouble off Axmouth.

Dorchester-born Kyle said: ‘I thoroughly enjoyed my first shout . I have always loved the sea , and joining the Lyme Regis RNLI seemed the natural thing to do. It was great to get my first shout under my belt.’

Kyle had been training for just over a year.

Murray Saunders, who was at the lifeboat helm for Kyle’s first shout, said:’ Kyle will be an asset to our sea-going team. He is very keen and showing a good deal of promise.’

Lyme Regis Town Council now has two members of staff on the lifeboat team. The local authority’s Operations Manager Matt Adamson-Drage is a DLA – Deputy Launching Authority

 

 

 

Lyme Regis Lifeboat Shop re-opening

 

Lyme Regis lifeboat shop is due to re-open on Saturday 5th September and the volunteer staff are looking forward to welcoming customers once again through the doors. The RNLI shop adheres to all COVID-19 advice following a full Risk Assessment:
Only 1 person/1 social bubble allowed at any time.
Card payment preferred but cash accepted.

All Christmas cards, calendars and diaries are now in stock....plus lots more!
The hours of opening will be slightly reduced to available volunteers but will be open on a daily basis.

 

 

Lyme Regis lifeboat launched to divers in trouble nearly 20 miles south

 

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat was launched this morning at 10am (Monday 31st August) to assist HM coastguard with a vulnerable person near Burton Bradstock.

 

The local coastguard team were also on scene and they were able to deal with the person. The volunteer lifeboat crew were then tasked to a report of persons in the water and a dive boat in trouble 19.5 miles south of West Bay.

As the lifeboat crew arrived on scene it was clear all three people were safe and well aboard the dive boat and managed to get the engine working and then returned to West Bay harbour.

The lifeboat returned to Lyme Regis by 2pm

 

 

27th August 2020                                            

 

Lost portrait of a ‘hero’ presented to Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew

 

 

A 50 year old pencil portrait of a much-decorated Lyme Regis lifeboat crew member has been presented to the town’s RNLI volunteers by the artist’s grandson.

Mark Shephard’s grandmother, Camille Moore, lived in Yawl, Uplyme, when she is believed to have drawn the portrait of John Hodder during an art class at Woodroffe School in the 1970s.

Mr. Shephard kept the portrait in the loft of his home in Godalming, Surrey, but when he saw the name John Hodder on the back,  and the obvious signs that the subject was a lifeboat crew member, he decided to contact the RNLI.

Mr. Shephard said: ‘My grandmother was a very keen artist, and I have other examples of her work. It seemed only right that the portrait should come home to the RNLI in Lyme Regis.’

Mr Hodder, 76, was unable to attend the presentation, but said: ‘I am very grateful to Mr Shephard for his donation of the portrait and would like it to remain at the lifeboat station as a reminder of my years of service with so many superb colleagues.’

Mr. Hodder served with the RNLI in Lyme Regis for 20 years and was recognised for several acts of courage during rescues at sea. Crew members who served with Mr Hodder were known as ‘Hodder’s heroes.’

 

 

 

20th August 2020

 

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat launched to 70yr in the water

 

Lyme Regis lifeboat launched this morning (Thursday 20th August) to a report of a person in the water in rough seas off Freshwater beach, near West Bay.


Lyme Regis lifeboat volunteer crew responded to a call from the Coastguard to a report of a person in the water near Charmouth. It was not known whether the reported 70yr old female was conscious or not.

 

The volunteer crew were contacted by the Coastguard at 11.15am to assist, due to the high winds and rough seas, approximately 15 minutes later the crew had arrived on scene to find that the reported person had been recovered by concerned lifeguards from the nearby holiday park. The casualty was checked over by the ambulance crew.

 

The call came from a member of the public who spotted the suspected casualty. This was the 35th call out for Lyme Regis lifeboat this year.

 

The RNLI and HM Coastguard are urging people to visit lifeguarded beaches and take extra care on Friday and Saturday as forecasts predict dangerous sea conditions, involving large swells, strong winds and spring tides.

 

Across exposed coastal areas in Devon and Cornwall, current forecasts for Friday and Saturday are predicting wave heights between 6-9 feet coupled with strong south westerly winds across the region. These conditions, alongside large spring tides, can result in a dangerous sea state and increase the risk of strong rip currents. If you see a red flag at a lifeguarded beach, do not enter the water, as it is unsafe for any water activities. If there are no flags, there are no lifeguards.

 

If you see someone in trouble at the coast, call 999 and ask for the coastguard

 

 

 

 

13th August 2020                                          

 

Lyme Regis lifeboat launched after report of two in trouble on inflatable

 

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat was launched  at 12.54pm today (Thurs) following reports of two people in difficulties on an inflatable 600m off Freshwater Bay.

As the lifeboat crew arrived on scene it was clear the two people were safe and well and being assisted by the West Bay harbourmaster’s launch.

Coastguards then stood down the Lyme Regis lifeboat crew. This was the 34th call for help for the volunteers of Lyme Regis lifeboat so far this year.

 

 

11th August 2020                                            

 

Lyme Regis lifeboat launched in search for missing man

 

The volunteer crew of Lyme Regis lifeboat answered their 33rd call for help this year to assist coastguards in the search for a man described as ‘vulnerable.’

 The lifeboat launched at 10-15 last night (Mon), conducted a shoreline search and provided a communications relay for coastguards searching the cliffs just east of Axmouth.

Coastguards later found the man on the cliffs, but because of his location the coastguard helicopter was called, and the lifeboat crew were stood down.

The lifeboat crew returned to Lyme Regis at 1.30am

 

9th August 2020                                              

Lyme Regis lifeboat crew rescue two on drifting inflatable

Two men on a partially deflated inflatable dinghy were rescued tonight (Sun) by the volunteer crew of the RNLI’s Lyme Regis lifeboat.

The lifeboat was launched at 8.32pm following reports of an inflatable dinghy drifting a mile east  of the car park at Abbotsbury.

At 9.01pm the lifeboat was alongside the dinghy and the two men, wet but otherwise safe, were taken on board and landed at Abbotsbury where they were met by coastguards and given safety advice.

The lifeboat crew returned to Lyme Regis harbour at 10.10pm.

This was the fourth emergency call dealt with by the Lyme Regis lifeboat crew over the weekend and the 32nd so far this year.

 

8th August 2020                                              

Lyme Regis lifeboat crew rescue two men on drifting dinghy

Just as the crew of Lyme Regis lifeboat arrived back today 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.

 

8th August 2020                                              

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat called to fishing boat ‘taking on water’

The volunteers of the RNLI lifeboat in Lyme Regis were alerted by coastguards at 9.15a.m. today after a fishing boat was reported to be taking on water off Seaton in Devon.

One lifeboat crew member boarded the 17 foot fishing boat, the Rosie Lee, using a salvage pump.

Finally, the fishing boat, with two people aboard,  was able to sail under its own power and was escorted by the lifeboat crew to the safety of Lyme Regis harbour, arriving at 11.20a.m. This was the 29th call for help answered by the Lyme Regis lifeboat volunteers so far this year.

                                            

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat called to assist ‘lifeboat’

The volunteer crew of the RNLI’s lifeboat in Lyme Regis answered an emergency call yesterday…..to go to the aid of a lifeboat.

A former ship’s lifeboat, once capable of carrying 50 people, was reported drifting with engine problems off Seaton beach. The old lifeboat, named Gryphon, with four men aboard,  was  on sea trials when the alarm was raised by coastguards at 3.55pm.

The Gryphon was later able to sail under its own steam and was escorted by the RNLI crew to the safety of Lyme Regis harbour arriving at 5.20pm.

 

3rd August 2020                                              

Lyme Regis lifeboat crew launched to ‘three cut off by tide’

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew launched today to assist the local fire and rescue service following reports that three people – two adults and a child – had been cut off by the tide between Broom Cliffs and St Gabriel’s Steps east of the town’s harbour.

The lifeboat crew were on scene at 3.20pm but by 3.26pm  it was established that the group could not be located and the lifeboat team were stood down. This was the 27th call for help answered by the Lyme Regis RNLI volunteers so far this year.

 

2nd August 2020                                             

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 (Sat)  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.

 

 

24th Juy 2020                                     

 

Lifeboat launched to two kayakers overboard

The RNLI’s volunteer crew of Lyme Regis lifeboat answered their 25th call of the year today following reports that two kayakers had fallen overboard 100 yards east of Axmouth harbour.

Coastguards alerted the crew at 1.06pm and the lifeboat launched ten minutes later.

The two men swam to safety and were ashore when the lifeboat crew arrived on scene.

The lifeboat crew returned to Lyme Regis harbour 32 minutes after launching.

 

 

13 July 2020                                      

 

Lyme Regis lifeboat called to Kayak and two children

Lyme Regis lifeboat launched yesterday (Sunday 12th July) at 7.30pm to a report of a lady with her two children on a kayak drifting out to sea.

The husband contacted the coastguard who was concerned that they were drifting out to sea, she was reported to be approximately ½ mile south of Golden Cap. The lifeboat crew were on scene 10 minutes after launching and contacted the lady who was not in any trouble. The lifeboat offered to stay with her to see that she arrived safely, but she declined the request.

The lifeboat crew were stood down, having launched at 7.30pm, and returned to Lyme Regis harbour at 8.00pm.

 

 

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 5 July 2020 

Second ‘shout’ for lifeboat crew to report of  man cut off by tide

 

For the second evening running the volunteer crew of the Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat launched today following reports of a man cut off by the tide between Lyme Regis and Charmouth.

The man, said to be dressed in black and carrying a rucksack, later disappeared on the cliffs from the view of coastguards ashore and the lifeboat crew.

The lifeboat crew were stood down, having launched at 6.30pm, and returned to Lyme Regis harbour at 7.40pm.

 

 

4th July 2020                                      

 

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat launched to man cut off by tide

 

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew launched this evening following reports of a man cut off by the tide at Black Ven east of the town’s harbour.

Two members of the lifeboat crew went ashore to assist the man in their inflatable X-boat, which is used when the large lifeboat cannot get close inshore because of sea conditions.

However, the man was later airlifted to safety by the coastguard helicopter, which landed him on the town’s football pitch.  He was reported to be unhurt.

The lifeboat volunteers were alerted at 6.09pm and returned to Lyme Regis harbour at 7.50pm.

 

 

 

29 June 2020                                     

Lifeboat launched to kayaker’s distress call

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew launched today after a kayaker  accidentally activated a distress alert on his smartphone.

The kayaker was half a mile south of the town’s harbour when the alert was received by coastguards and had paddled ashore when the volunteer lifeboat crew arrived.

Lifeboat helm Murray Saunders said: “It was a false alarm with good intent, and the kayaker deserves full credit for being safety conscious and using a distress system.

“I don’t think he even knew he had accidentally set it off in his pocket and he was very apologetic.”

 

 

26 June 2020                                     

 

Lifeboat crew called to teenager drifting on inflatable

The volunteer crew of Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat were called out last night (Friday) following a report of a teenager drifting on an inflatable near Church Beach east of the town’s harbour.

When the lifeboat arrived the youth managed to get ashore by himself and was met by local coastguards who gave him safety advice.

The lifeboat crew launched at 8.22pm and returned to Lyme Regis harbour at 8.46pm.

 

 

25th June 2020                                               

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat launched to broken down boat outside the harbour entrance

Lyme Regis lifeboat launched yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 24th June) to a report of broken-down boat just outside the harbour entrance off North Wall.
Lyme Regis lifeboat volunteer crew responded to a call from the Coastguard to a report of a broken boat outside the harbour entrance.

The volunteer crew were contacted by the Coastguard at 6.55pm to assist the local Lyme Regis coastguard team to recover the broken boat, the lifeboat launched at 7.04pm and were on scene very quickly! The people who were reported to be test driving launched at West Bay, stopped in Lyme Regis and were heading back to West bay when the boat lost all drive. The five people aboard disembarked onto North Wall and a coastguard team member boarded the stricken leisure boat. The lifeboat crew set up an alongside tow and took the boat back into the harbour.

The lifeboat returned to Lyme Regis and was ready for service by 7.30pm.

If you see someone in trouble at the coast, call 999 and ask for the coastguard

 

15th June 2020                                               

 

 

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat launched to paddleboards

 

Lyme Regis lifeboat launched yesterday afternoon (Sunday 14th June) to a report of four persons on two paddle boards in need of assistance off Eype beach.


Lyme Regis lifeboat volunteer crew responded to a call from the Coastguard to a report of four persons in trouble a way off Eype beach near Bridport, one of them was 9-year-old without a buoyancy aid.

 

The volunteer crew were contacted by the Coastguard at 4.50pm to assist, the lifeboat launched 6 minutes later, and the crew were on route towards Eype beach. On arrival, the lifeboat crew discovered that two people on kayaks assisted the paddleboarders back to the beach, everyone was safe and well.

 

The lifeboat returned to Lyme Regis and was ready for service by 5.30pm.

 

1st June 2020

 

Lyme Regis lifeboat launched this evening to a boy in trouble at Seaton

 

Lyme Regis lifeboat launched this evening (Monday 1st June) at 6pm to a report of a boy in trouble after jumping in the harbour entrance of the river Axe in Seaton.

 

The lifeboat crew were contacted by the coastguard requesting an immediate launch, volunteer crew were quick to launch and were soon on their way to Seaton. On route they heard from the coastguard that the boy was taken ashore by a member of the public who was paddle boarding.

The young boy required first aid attention and the local Beer coastguard team were able to perform this prior to the ambulance crew arriving.

 

The lifeboat crew and coastguard helicopter from St. Athan were standing by but the ambulance crew ashore kept the boy stable and he was taken to hospital for further checks.

 

The lifeboat returned to Lyme Regis harbour about 7pm.

 

Lifeboat Helm Murray Saunders said: “We launched as quick as safely possible as we have been to incidents at the river mouth previously. It is important for people to understand the dangers of the rivers and sea but if you do see someone in trouble in or near the sea, call 999 and ask for the coastguard.”

 

 

30 May 2020

 

Eight rescued by Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew as speedboats run aground

 

Eight people, adults and children from two families, were  rescued by the volunteer crew of Lyme Regis lifeboat today after both their speedboats ran aground at Black Ven east of the town.

The lifeboat crew towed both boats and those aboard back to the safety of Lyme Regis harbour where the families were spoken to by local coastguards.

Lifeboat senior helm Tim Edwards said: “When we arrived on scene we found that both speedboats had run aground, disabling their gearboxes and their engines.”

The lifeboat launched at 2.40pm and the rescue operation ended at 4pm.

 

 

29th May 2020

 

Lyme Regis lifeboat launched this afternoon to a missing dinghy

 

Lyme Regis lifeboat launched this afternoon at 2.30pm to a report of a dinghy sailor missing from Lyme Regis sailing club. He was reported to be near Charton bay.

 

The lifeboat crew were contacted by the coastguard immediately after launch to a separate incident to a report of an upturned kayak and two people in the water at Beer, nr Seaton. The lifeboat passed Charton bay on the way to Beer and noted the missing sailor. On arrival at Beer, the two young men reported to have been in trouble were back on their kayak albeit still upturned! The crew ensured they were both fit and well then advised them to return to the beach.

 

The lifeboat crew then returned to Charton bay to assist the stranded sailor who had some parts broken on his sailing dinghy. One of the volunteer crew swam ashore to assist the sailor and recover the boat, setting up a tow and towing the sailor and dinghy back to the safety of Lyme Regis harbour.

 

The lifeboat returned to Lyme Regis harbour about 4pm.

 

Lifeboat Helm Murray Saunders said: “Our volunteer lifeboat crew worked well today, and we were able to make sure everyone returned home safely. The beautiful weather is encouraging more people to the beach and sea, but it is important for people to be careful when entering the water, check your equipment, sea conditions and tide times.

If you see someone in trouble in or near the sea, call 999 and ask for the coastguard.”

 

 

27th May 2020

 

Lyme Regis lifeboat help woman and dogs cut-off by the tide

 

Lyme Regis lifeboat launched yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 26th May) at 12.50pm to a report of a woman in distress fearing being cut off by the tide near Pinhay bay, between Lyme Regis and Charton bay.

 

The lifeboat crew were quick to launch and were soon on scene with the boat to begin searching for the stranded woman and her two dogs.

 

The volunteer lifeboat crew spotted the woman ashore who was waving to attract their attention, they deployed a crew member to swim ashore and to reassure the casualty. One of the dogs was blind and struggling with the terrain. The crew member escorted the casualty and dogs to Charton bay, due to the flat calm conditions the lifeboat was able to get close enough for the casualty and dogs to jump aboard the lifeboat to return safely to Lyme Regis.

 

The local coastguard team greeted the lifeboat on return to Lyme Regis harbour and the woman and dogs were taken back to her car.

 

Lifeboat Helm Tom Crabbe said: “The weather and see conditions made for a quick and safe recovery. It is important for people to check tide times before heading out. If you see someone in trouble in or near the sea, call 999 and ask for the coastguard.”

 

 

20 May 2020  

RNLI and HM Coastguard launch beach safety campaign urging parents to protect their families and save lives at the coast this summer 

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and Her Majesty’s (HM) Coastguard today  launch a new beach safety campaign, urging parents to protect their families by following key safety advice to save lives this summer.

Following the recent easing of nationwide lockdown restrictions in England and with children still off school, many more people are expected to visit the coast to exercise and take part in water-based activities.   Last weekend alone, Coastguard rescue teams were called out 194 times in the UK to incidents including; inflatables drifting offshore, crashed jet skis, people injured while out walking or cycling along the coast, paddleboarders, kayakers, windsurfers and kite surfers in difficulty and people cut off by the tide.

In 2019, RNLI lifeguards aided more than 29,000 people on UK beaches in more than 17,000 incidents, saving a total of 154 lives. They also helped to reunite nearly 1,800 lost children and teenagers with their families and aided 346 people in incidents involving inflatables.

Despite the ongoing challenges posed by coronavirus and social distancing the RNLI still hopes to provide a lifeguard service on around 30% of the beaches the charity usually covers in time for the traditional peak summer season. But at present, there are no RNLI lifeguards on UK beaches, and we cannot be everywhere this summer.

Whilst RNLI lifeboat crews and HM Coastguard are still on call ready to respond to emergencies, the message is clear; we need the public to be aware of dangers, take responsibility for themselves and their loved ones and remember that, in an emergency, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

Gareth Morrison, RNLI Head of Water Safety, said: ‘If the charity’s lifeguards were present on the beaches today, they would be preventing many incidents before they even occurred by directing people to safe swimming areas, highlighting dangers such as rip currents and advising people not to use inflatables. These preventive measures are not currently in place meaning people could find themselves in danger if they are not reading the signs and following the relevant safety advice.

He added: ‘Our lifeguards are trained to swim 200m within 3 1/2 minutes, and although our volunteer lifeboat crews are fully operational, should they be needed, they won’t be able to reach you in the same time.

‘It is important that anyone visiting the coast understands that the beach can be a dangerous environment and you must take more responsibility for you and your family this summer. No one ever goes to the coast to be rescued yet RNLI lifeguards rescue 1000’s each year.’

Following key safety advice will keep people safe and help to reduce the demands placed on RNLI lifeboat crews, HM Coastguard and other emergency services.

That is why parents are now being urged to take charge and be ‘beach smart’ if they visit the coast to ensure they and their families have the safest summer possible, whether lifeguards are patrolling their beach or not.

Claire Hughes, director of HM Coastguard said: ‘We know from sad experience that whether you’re local or nor, whatever your ability of experience in your chosen sport or leisure activity, the sea can still catch you out and be unmerciful when it does. Now, more than ever we need people to respect the sea and the coast.

If you get into trouble call 999 and ask for the Coastguard and we will come to your aid. But coronavirus hasn’t gone away, and we all need to follow the rules. Remember your choices might put people, including yourself and frontline responders, at risk. Take extra care in these extraordinary times.’

This summer with beach lifeguard patrols significantly reduced the RNLI and HM Coastguard are advising the public not to use inflatables at all and for everyone, especially parents, planning a visit to a beach or the coast to follow this safety advice:

·         Have a plan - check the weather forecast, tide times and read local hazard signage

·         Keep a close eye on your family – on the beach and in the water

·         Don’t allow your family to swim alone

·         Don’t use inflatables

·         If you fall into the water unexpectedly, FLOAT TO LIVE. Fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and Float

·         In an emergency dial 999, and ask for the Coastguard

 

Background:

·     Roll-out of the normal seasonal lifeguard service was paused at the end of March due to the measures put in place by the UK Government to control the spread of Coronavirus. With changes to the lockdown restrictions allowing the public to visit beaches around the UK and Channel Islands, the RNLI has been looking at plans to resume a lifeguard service where possible. This needs to be consistent with government guidance, but the plan is for the service to build in time so that lifeguard patrols reach 70 beaches by peak season.  Beaches will be chosen based on risk and popularity. The RNLI will also look to achieve a geographical spread while making sure the service provided is flexible and sustainable enough to respond to what may be an ever-changing environment.

For further information on the campaign visit: rnli.org/beach2020

 

19 May 2020

Lifeboat Zoom meeting ends with a ‘shout’

A Zoom meeting of management  volunteers who run the RNLI lifeboat station in Lyme Regis came to an abrupt end  last night when their pagers sounded and the  crew launched to answer a ‘shout.’

Police asked for help in dealing with ‘a man behaving erratically’ on the beach at Burton Bradstock.

The lifeboat crew were stood down after police dealt with the incident.

The Zoom meeting of the lifeboat operations team was half way through its allotted 40 minutes, having started at 7pm, when the crew were called out.
 

Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week and Carnival cancelled

Two of the biggest and most eagerly anticipated summer events in Lyme Regis – Lifeboat Week and the Regatta and Carnival Week – have been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Lifeboat Week has been held in the town since the early 1970s and has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for the RNLI charity. Last year alone the week raised a record £40,000.

Lifeboat Week and the Regatta and Carnival were due to be held at the end of July and early August.

Ken Lavery, chairman of the Lyme Regis Lifeboat Supporters, said: ”This decision was incredibly difficult to make. However, first and foremost we must put the safety and welfare of our visitors, members and volunteers above all else.

“We felt it was impossible to carry out our many and varied activities to the standard  that holidaymakers and members of the community know and love, with social distancing measures in place as they should be.

“Lifeboat Week in Lyme has always been not only great fun for all concerned, but has raised a significant sum to support our voluntary lifesaving efforts.

“Our crew remains ready to go to the aid of anyone in danger on the sea  with our colleagues in the coastguard service and this vital service will continue.

“However, as well as losing Lifeboat Week, a decision has been made to keep the lifeboat shop closed over the busy holiday period to ensure the safety of our volunteers many of whom are in the vulnerable groups.

“Therefore there will be a very significant loss of income this year. We would hope that as many  people as are able will support the RNLI through donations and  by using the online shop so that the loss can to some extent be mitigated.”

Alan Vian, Regatta and Carnival Secretary, said:”We are so disappointed as we always look forward to being with holidaymakers raising money for local good causes.

“This virus will have a negative effect on local traders during this summer and on the lack of donations that we usually make to local organisations.

“Preparations are already in place for Lifeboat Week 2021 from July 24 to 31 and Regatta and Carnival Week from August 7 to 14 and we look forward to welcoming everyone then. Together we will get through these difficult times, and the message is keep safe and take care.”

11 May 2020                                                              

RNLI statement following UK Prime Minister’s announcement on 10 May.

The RNLI is currently seeking further clarity following the update given by the UK Prime Minister last night, 10 May, and will be engaging with a number of watersport governing bodies and other stakeholders to help inform its response.

 

Many people will want to visit the coast and participate in water-based activities such as swimming, kayaking, surfing, boating and angling.

 

At present there are no RNLI lifeguards on beaches and although our volunteer lifeboat crews are fully operational, should they be needed, it is important that anyone visiting the coast understands the risk and takes the necessary steps to keep themselves safe.  This will also help to reduce the demands placed on our lifeboat crews and other emergency services including HM Coastguard. In this way we can all work together to succeed in ensuring the coast is a safe place to visit.

 

We would urge anyone planning a visit to the coast to follow RNLI safety advice:

 

•           Take care near cliffs - know your route and your limitations

•           Have a plan - check the weather forecast and tide times

•           If you fall into the water unexpectedly, FLOAT TO LIVE. Fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and Float

·            If individuals are choosing to go sailing or yachting it is important to ensure that  

      equipment is properly checked and serviceable before going afloat.

•           In any coastal emergency dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.

 

May 8, 2020

Lifeboat crew ‘log on’…. twice

The volunteer crew of the RNLI lifeboat in Lyme Regis answered two calls today following reports of a kayak in difficulty and an unspecified object in the water.

In both cases – near Charmouth and off Axmouth – the items turned out to be tree logs.

Both logs were retrieved by the lifeboat crew, one taken on board and the larger one towed back to Lyme Regis harbour.

The crew launched at 11am and returned to harbour at 12.30pm.

A lifeboat spokesman said:” In both cases it was better to be safe than sorry after the reports were received.”

 

April 25th 2020

Lyme Regis lifeboat crew search for missing diver

Lyme Regis lifeboat launched yesterday afternoon (Saturday 25th April) at 3.35pm to a report of a missing diver approximately 5 miles south of Lyme Regis.

The lifeboat crew were quick to launch and were soon on scene with the boat to begin searching for the diver.   

Two fishermen, one from Cornwall and the other from Edinburgh who were both staying in Bridport were diving for scallops when one of the divers became detached from his surface buoy/marker. The diver had been diving without a buddy.

The marker buoy was discovered by the other man aboard the boat with no diver attached, he then contacted the coastguard to inform them of his missing diver.

The coastguard alerted Lyme Regis lifeboat, Exmouth lifeboat and HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from St. Athan and Newquay to search for the diver. At least four other fishing vessels and the Royal Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel HMS Tyne joined in the search.

After some considerable searching, Sub Lieutenant Boyle from HMS Tyne spotted the diver and Exmouth Lifeboat were able to recover him from the water safe and well.

He was passed to Lyme Regis lifeboat where the crew brought him back to the safety of the harbour.

The diver who did not want to be named said “I came up to the surface with my bag of scallops and was shouting at the guy in the boat but the swell had picked up, the waves were bigger and he was up wind so couldn’t hear me. I saw the helicopter fly over and some of the other boats searching. I was very relieved when the lifeboat crew arrived and pulled me out of the water. Thank you to everyone involved”

The local coastguard team and police were present, and the two fishermen were issued with a fine as a breach of the covid-19 lockdown.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks said: “We are glad that the diver is safe and well however the RNLI is recommending that you should not go in or near the water during this lockdown.

 

March 31st 2020

 

Lifeboat crew remain on standby but Blessing of the Boats cancelled

 

Volunteers who operate the life-saving service for the RNLI in Lyme Regis, and elsewhere, continue to be on standby during the coronavirus outbreak.

The crew members have ‘key worker’ status and will remain ready to launch the lifeboat in an emergency.

Lyme Regis’ volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks  said:” Many people will have noticed that the lifeboat station doors are now closed during the day and that the station is not open to visitors.

“We have had to do this to comply with the government and RNLI guidance on social distancing and to keep our crew safe

“For the same reason it is necessary to cancel any events which encourage large numbers to come to the lifeboat station. “This means that the Blessing of the Boats service on May 17 will no longer take place.

“We are hoping that the situation improves over the summer such that we are able to stage our Lifeboat Week planned for the end of July. A decision on this will be made later.”

 

 

March 18th 2020

 

Virus alert closes Lyme Regis Lifeboat Station and RNLI shop

 

The following statement is from Nick Marks, volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager for the RNLI in Lyme Regis.

“In order to protect our volunteers as much as possible  from coronavirus infection Lyme Regis Lifeboat Station has closed to visitors for the foreseeable future. The RNLI shop on the Cobb has also closed.

“Lifeboat training has been reduced to the bare minimum needed to sustain our ability to deliver a lifesaving service.

“The lifeboat crew will continue to respond to service calls as and when required.”

 

March 16th

Lifeboat supporters cancel AGM

The  following statement was issued today by the Charmouth and Lyme Regis Lifeboat Supporters:
The Lyme Regis and Charmouth Lifeboat Supporters annual general meeting due to take place on April 1st has been cancelled in light of the current coronavirus emergency.
The management committee took this decision in light of the emerging  national advice on supporting measures to limit spread of the virus. We apologise for any inconvenience and will keep everyone up to date with our activities via our Facebook page.  The shop will also be closed until further notice

 

March 7. 2020

 

 

Landslips warning to walkers as mother and daughter rescued by Lyme Regis RNLI

 

A warning to coastal walkers about the dangers of being cut off by the tide because of landslips has been issued by the RNLI in Lyme Regis.

The town’s lifeboat crew were called out twice today (Sat) following reports of four people in trouble.

In the first case, just after 3pm, two people managed to walk to safety from Seven Rock Point west of Lyme Regis harbour.

But only minutes later a mother and her ten year old daughter were cut off because of a landslip east of the town as they tried to walk from Lyme Regis to Charmouth looking for fossils.

Volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks himself raised the alarm after spotting Hester Brough and her daughter Iona in difficulties east of the new sea wall.

Mr Marks said:”The couple had started their walk two hours before high tide but landslips following heavy rain are reducing safe areas ashore and increasing the risk of being cut off earlier.”

One lifeboat crew member, Rich Tilley swam ashore to assist the pair. Then the crew’s X-boat – a ten foot inflatable – was  rowed ashore to pick them up and transfer them to the lifeboat.

Hester Brough, on holiday from Bathampton, Somerset,  said “I am a little embarrassed but we were so relieved to see the lifeboat crew. We won’t be walking in that direction again now that we know about the landslips.

 

 

2nd March 2020                                                                      

 

 

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat false alarm

 

Lyme Regis lifeboat launched this afternoon to a report of a person in the water drifting south of Charmouth.


Lyme Regis lifeboat volunteer crew responded to a call from the Coastguard to a report of a person in the water near Charmouth.

 

The volunteer crew were contacted by the Coastguard at 1.30pm to assist, 10 minutes later the crew had arrived on scene to find that the reported person was some floating marker buoys!

 

The call came from a member of the public who spotted the item. This was the fourth call out for Lyme Regis lifeboat this year.

 

If you see someone in trouble at the coast, call 999 and ask for the coastguard

 

 

 

 

 

Boys rowed to safety by RNLI crew member after inflatable deflates

 

 

Three boys – two aged 13 and one 14 – were helped to safety today by a Lyme Regis RNLI crew member after their inflatable boat deflated in the town’s harbour.

The lifeboat crew were alerted at 4.55pm. Crew member Rich Tilley rowed the lifeboat station’s X-boat – a ten foot inflatable -to pontoons in the harbour to collect two of the boys. The third boy was already ashore.

The boys were said to be ‘rather wet and apologetic but otherwise unhurt.’

 

 

 

RNLI mascot Stormy Stan to run the London marathon for the life-saving charity

 

 

Stormy Stan, the RNLI’s mascot, whose ‘home’ is a cupboard in Lyme Regis lifeboat station, is running in this year’s London marathon...with a little help from a 41 year old lorry driver.

Simon Marchant, a former RNLI crew member in Penarth, used social media to trace the Stormy Stan outfit in Lyme Regis.

Nick Marks, volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: ‘Simon has raised  many donations for our life-saving charity and we are delighted to let him borrow Stormy Stan for the marathon and, of course, we wish them both every success.’

Simon, from Willand, Cullumpton, will be taking time off from driving his HGV to take part in the marathon on April 25. But before that he will be warming up by running in a half marathon in Tavistock, and the 108 miles from the RNLI’s Poole headquarters to the Tower lifeboat station on the Thames.

Eighteen months ago Simon ran 42 marathons in 42 days around the coast of Wales and has also cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

He tried on the mascot outfit for size one night  and ran around Holmbush car park in Lyme Regis at 2am. “I have got permission to make a minor adjustment to Stormy’s head so that I have better vision,” said Simon, “but fingers crossed, and with a few stops here and there, I hope to complete the marathon within 8 hours. Stormy has a big head so I think other runners will give him a wide berth.”

Simon has a fund-raising site for Stormy Stan at JustGiving.com

 

 

 

The episode of Saving Lives at Sea featuring our rescue of the two boys will now be screened on Wednesday Feb 26 at 8pm on BBC 2.

 

 

Saturday 18th January

 

Lyme Regis RNLI Lifeboat launched to man in fall from Cobb wall

 

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew were tasked  by HM Coastguard following reports that a man had fallen off the high wall of the Cobb.

 

The lifeboat was about to launch at 3.20pm when crew were advised by a member of the public that the man who had fallen from had been picked up by two people who were paddle boarding.  The lifeboat left the boathouse on to the slipway but it was then decided it was not necessary to launch.

 

Lifeboat crew and the local coastguard team met the casualty, David Crabtree, 65, from Sidmouth when the paddleboarders bought him ashore on Monmouth beach.

 

David and Debbie Crabtree were walking their dachshund dog ‘Prim’ along the high wall when David suddenly slipped, lost his balance and fell into the shallow waters below. Another couple who saw this happen called 999 and asked for the coastguard and an ambulance.

 

Mr Crabtree was attended to by lifeboat volunteers, coastguard and ambulance crew. He then joined the crew in the lifeboat station to warm up before heading back to Sidmouth.

 

Debbie Crabtree said: “It all happened so quickly and luckily there was another couple there who contacted the coastguard and were able to get the attention of the paddleboarders to rescue David. The lifeboat crew have been fantastic and so helpful with looking after David.”

 

As this incident was occurring, another man had fallen from the wall the other side and was attended to by the coastguard and ambulance crew.

 

Nick Marks, Lifeboat Operations Manager said: “The high wall of the Cobb is particularly slippery, the harbour master has temporarily advised members of the public not to access the top of the wall due to large amounts of algae making hazardous walking conditions.”

 

 

6 January 2020

Lifeboat rescues and fund-raising success for Lyme Regis RNLI in 2019

Three rescues due to be screened by the BBC, plus a video Christmas special featuring the crew and their families and an all-time record £40,000 raised during Lifeboat Week...these were the highlights of 2019 for the volunteers of the RNLI in Lyme Regis.

The man at the helm of the lifeboat station, Operations Manager Nick Marks, said: “Once again teamwork and training by the crew and tremendous fund-raising efforts by the Lifeboat Supporters group have contributed to a very successful year  for our volunteers.”

The rescue of two 14 year old boys being swept out to sea from the River Axe in June is due to be seen in the BBC’s Saving Lives at Sea series early in the New Year.

Video using a  helmet camera worn by a crew member shows the boys’ dramatic rescue as they cling to each other at sea.

Footage shot during two other ‘shouts’ is also expected to be featured in the series later this year. They are the rescue of two ex-professional sailors whose dinghy capsized  and the successful search for a woman trapped on cliffs with her two dogs.

The Lyme Regis lifeboat crew answered 33 emergency calls during 2019, a third of them to people cut off by the tide.

The first two ‘shouts’ of the year were to such incidents in the Charmouth area.

Mr Marks said:” We always urge people to check tide times and general conditions when out walking.

“Although the year was largely successful there was also sadness when an extensive search by our crew, Exmouth lifeboat and the coastguard  helicopter failed to find a man who, it later transpired, had died in the Freshwater Bay area.”

Senior helm Tim Edwards, who was aboard the lifeboat when the two schoolboys were rescued and who features in the BBC film of the incident, said “It was a generally  safe and successful 2019 and the rescue of those boys will remain with me for many a year.

“It was a wonderful end to an incident that could have been so different. It’s what makes all our volunteer work and training so worthwhile.”

 

 

28. December 2019

 

Hundreds boost RNLI funds by £2k at Christmas Day swim

 

Hundreds of spectators and dozens of fancy dress swimmers enjoyed the Christmas Day sunshine at Charmouth and donated £1,826 to the RNLI .

The event was reckoned to be one of the most successful for several years, and chairman of the Lyme Regis Lifeboat Supporters Ken Lavery said: “It was a great event with perfect sunshine, blue skies and the tide was right so we could use the sandy beach.

“It was just a perfect way to start Christmas Day and, once again, we are so grateful to everyone who donated to our life-saving charity.”

 

 

Lifeboat launched to two people ‘in trouble’

 

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat was launched yesterday (Sun) morning following reports of two people in difficulties in the water off Charmouth east beach.

The volunteer crew launched at 8.58am but the alert was called off three minutes later when it was learned that both people had reached shore safely.

 

 

18 December 2019

 

Lifeboat charity donates hamper gift to food bank
 

An anonymous gift of a hamper to the RNLI in Lyme Regis has been donated by the lifeboat crew to the town’s food bank.

The hamper was presented today to  the food bank’s manager, Chris Tipping, of Lyme Forward.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks said: “Lyme Regis lifeboat is very fortunate to have generous supporters to whom we are always grateful

“Recently, a couple, who did not want to be named, handed in a hamper of festive food at the lifeboat shop.

“Wile our crew appreciate this gesture we recognise there are people in the town who would benefit from these items  and who do not enjoy the level of support that we do. We therefore decided to donate the hamper to the food bank, and we thought it appropriate that one deserving charity such as ours

 should support another very worthwhile enterprise, particularly at Christmas.”

 

 

17 December 2019    

 

Lyme Regis volunteers feature in the RNLI’s heart-warming Christmas film

 

RNLI volunteers from Lyme Regis lifeboat station are the stars of the very first Christmas film produced by the lifesaving charity.

 

Filmed on location at the station in Lyme Regis the heart-warming film aims to celebrate the dedication and commitment of all its volunteer lifeboat crews who will be on call during the Christmas period.

 

The RNLI’s festive film follows 25-year-old full-time TV Production Coordinator and crew member, Georgia Robson. Whilst preparing Christmas dinner, she is called away by the sound of her pager. She races to the lifeboat station to join the rest of the crew who are preparing for rescue.

 

The crew launch the lifeboat to search for a casualty who they thankfully find and bring back to safety. As they prepare the lifeboat for service again, they discover a festive surprise in the station boathouse.

 

Over recent years, it has become a festive tradition for charities and businesses to release promotional Christmas films and adverts. But instead of actors and big budgets, the RNLI have produced the film in-house, featuring the very people who will be in action over Christmas.

 

Star of the film Georgia, a volunteer crew member, said: ‘I loved being involved in this film. Christmas is a time where families come together, but RNLI volunteers can be called away from their families and homes at any moment. I think this film beautifully highlights the 'togetherness' found within crews all around our coast.'

 

Sharing her thoughts on the festive film, Director of Fundraising, Media and Marketing, Jayne George, said, ‘Our RNLI festive film shows the magic of families coming together at Christmas.

 

‘But it also shows the reality of Christmas for some of our volunteers who will still be on call during their festive celebrations. We want to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers and supporters, we couldn’t do it without them.’

 

RNLI lifeboat crews in the south west are busier than ever, with a 500% increase in call outs over the festive period* in 2018 compared with the same period 40 years ago. Facing a ‘Perfect Storm’, the lifesaving charity experienced a shortfall in funds last year, but more people than ever still need its help.

 

To help the RNLI volunteers continue to save lives at sea, please visit RNLI.org/ThePerfectStorm.  The film can be downloaded as a file from the News Centre

 

 

 

15 December 2019

 

 

Lifeboat crew praised for ‘safe and sound’ year

 

A safe, sound and efficient year was how the man at the helm of  the RNLI  in Lyme Regis described 2019 at the crew members’ Christmas dinner last night (Sat).

Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks said that so far this year the volunteer crew had answered 32 calls for help and held 40 training sessions ‘no mean achievement.’

Some 60 crew members, their family and friends, attended the dinner at the Harbour Inn.

Special awards were made to helm Mark Colley, who has completed 20 years voluntary service with the RNLI, and former crew member Mark Gage for 15 years service.

The much-coveted award for the person voted the crews’ crew member of the year went to helm Tom Crabbe.

Tongue-in-cheek awards went to Tom Wallis  who ‘won’ the Bent Propeller Trophy, and two crew members were voted Tractor Drivers of the Year...John Cable and Garry Gibbs.

 

 

Get ready for a fancy dress dip on Christmas Day

 

 

Charmouth’s famous Christmas Day swim is being held again this year, weather permitting.

The event began many years ago and was organised by villagers.

Year after year dozens of hardy souls – dressed as vicars, dinasaurs and crusaders to name but a few – plunge into icy water just for fun and to support fundraising for the RNLI.

Again this year volunteers from the Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew will also be in the water keeping a watchful eye on proceedings.

And also again this year the licensees of the Royal Oak, Charmouth, Sue and Matthew Bracey, will be providing a welcome glass of mulled wine.

Sue said: “The free wine goes down very well with the swimmers, but this year we will have more bottles so that can serve spectators as well for a donation to the RNLI.”

Swimmers are asked to arrive at 10.30 ready for an 11am start.

 

 

10th December 2019

Homebredy House residents produce calendar to raise donations for RNLI charity

 

On Thursday 5th December, a presentation of £106.00 from donations and sales of calendars was made by resident Bill Hancox to Krys Lavery (RNLI Shop Manager, Lyme Regis)

 

Homebredy House provides retirement housing in East Street, Bridport. Manager Jacqui Street explained that Bill had put together the calendar with contributions in rhyme and paintings from members of the Homebredy House, Art and Poetry Clubs.

 

The front page is devoted to Lifeboats and Crews with a collection of humorous rhymes and pictures to enjoy throughout the year.

 

The cheque was handed over by Bill to Krys and a further £104.50 was raised by sales from a pop-up shop of RNLI goodies set out at the afternoon tea party.

 

In all a total of £213.00 was raised to help the RNLI save lives at sea.

 

Nick Marks, Lifeboat Operations Manager for Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat station said “We are very grateful for the residents of Homebredy House for this donation, the RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service.”

 

 

26th November

 

Lyme Regis RNLI Lifeboat launched to woman and 2 dogs stuck on cliffs

 

Lyme Regis lifeboat was launched yesterday afternoon to a report of a woman with her two dogs stuck on the cliffs.

 

Lyme Regis lifeboat worked together with HM Coastguard teams to rescue a woman, 33 from Cardiff with her 2 dogs who was stuck at the base of the cliffs at Black Venn, between Lyme Regis and Charmouth.

 

Volunteer lifeboat crew launched the lifeboat at 4.35pm and after performing a shoreline search, they were able to locate the casualty because she was using the torch function on her mobile phone.

Two of the lifeboat crew swam ashore to assess the situation and casualty.

It was a very high tide so the woman had decided to move to higher ground, this made it very difficult for the Coastguard teams to access the location.

 

The lifeboat returned to the station to transport members of the Lyme Regis Coastguard Response Team and another lifeboat crew to assist with the recovery.

 

The Coastguard Rescue helicopter was requested to help and arrived to winch the casualty back to Charmouth for further assessment. The volunteer lifeboat crew utilised their small X boat for transporting the 2 dogs and crew ashore back to the main inshore lifeboat.

The woman and both dogs were safely recovered and all in good health.  

The lifeboat returned to Lyme Regis harbour with the Coastguard team and 2 dogs by 8pm .

 

 

 

Supper success

Donations to the RNLI at a fish supper at Lyme Regis lifeboat station on Saturday totalled £519. 25p.

The supper was hosted by former chef Petrina Muscroft, and 23 diners tucked into a large soup pot of chilli con carne, two slow cookers of fish curry, three large salmon and one gammon. A quiz and a raffle helped to boost donations.

 

 

17 November 2019

 

Teens learn the ropes at lifeboat station

Five teens, who spent six months learning the ropes with volunteers of the RNLI in Lyme Regis, got their reward  today … a half hour trip in the town’s lifeboat.

The youngsters, all students at Woodroffe School, are working towards their Duke of Edinburgh awards and have spent the past six months attending training sessions  at the lifeboat station to complete  the volunteer section of the  scheme.

The lifeboat trip marked the end of their sessions with the lifeboat team.

Helm Brian Street took each  of the youngsters to sea, one at a time, with other crew members. Two of the students are Brian’s sons, Logan,15 and Tyler, 17, who is hoping to join the crew soon.

Another of the youngsters, Rafferty Porter,15, is the son of Steve Porter who is a DLA - Deputy Launching Authority- at the lifeboat station. As he came ashore Rafferty said: ‘That trip in the lifeboat was so cool; so much fun, and who knows I might join the crew one day.’

The other two students were Jack Evans ,15, and Merlin Thompson, 14.

Brian Street, a helm with the lifeboat for 15 years, said : ‘ For the past six months these young men have been shown rope work, navigation methods, chart work and all about the workings of the lifeboat and the station as a whole.’

Former DLA Ian Marshall and DLA Steve Porter also worked with the youngsters.

 

 

16 November 2019

 

 

Caravan park donations boost RNLI charity

Donations by visitors to a Charmouth caravan park resulted in a cheque for £3,130 presented today to the crew of Lyme Regis  RNLI lifeboat.

The owner of Wood Farm Caravan Park, Jane Bremner , made the RNLI  her charity for the year, and the 4,500 bookings  for the park  resulted in the bumper donations.

The caravan park has been in Jane’s family for 47 years and has 300 pitches.

Nick Marks, volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager in Lyme Regis, said: ‘The generosity of Jane and her visitors is much appreciated by all members of our crew.’

Next year’s charity at Wood Farm will be Dorset Mind.

 

 

15 November 2019

 

Diver rescued by lifeboat joins Lyme Regis RNLI

 

A former diving instructor who was once rescued by a lifeboat crew has joined  the volunteer RNLI team in Lyme Regis.

Paul Carey,61, who moved to Lyme Regis from Sussex this year, has joined the management team at the town’s lifeboat station as a DLA – Deputy Launching Authority.

Paul, who started diving at 14, soon after he learned to swim, was rescued with his dive ‘buddy’ after they surfaced only to find their dive boat had disappeared.

“We were in the water for 45 minutes with waves of three feet. The dive boat reported us missing and we were very relieved when the RNLI arrived,” said Paul.

As a qualified lifesaving examiner, boat handler and VHF radio tutor, Paul also taught diving at Poole Dive Centre.

Paul, who worked with adults with learning difficulties in Sussex  for 20 years, said:”I will never forget my gratitude at being rescued by the RNLI, and when we moved to Lyme Regis I thought here was the ideal opportunity to give something back by volunteering.”

Paul and his wife Karen have three grown up children, twins Lucy and Anna,24, and Timothy, 26.

 

 

 

Tuck into an RNLI Fish Supper and help us save lives at sea!

 

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is asking the people of Lyme Regis to take part in the charity’s annual foodie fundraiser, Fish Supper, to help save lives at sea.

A former chef will be serving a special menu on Saturday 16th November to raise funds for the RNLI in Lyme Regis. 

Petrina Muscroft will be hosting a fish supper at the towns lifeboat station with two sittings at 6.30pm and 8.30pm. 

On the menu, salmon with new potatoes, a fish curry and a vegetarian chilli con carne.

There will also be a mini quiz and raffle  

Petrina said “I will be donating all the food I am suggesting a £10 donation for diners. I am asking people to bring their own drinks.”

The first sitting is sold out but to book for 8.30pm sitting, please call Petrina on 07967145035 or email noake@talk21.com

 

 

27 October 2019

 

Lifeboat launched to children aboard ‘sinking gig’

 

Lyme Regis lifeboat was launched today (Sunday) after a gig with children aboard was overwhelmed by waves and filled with water.

It happened 200metres off West Beach, West Bay.

Everyone involved, including about six youngsters and three adults, reached shore safely.

Volunteer lifeboat crew, paramedics and coastguards ashore treated some of the gig occupants.

The lifeboat crew launched at 9.48, initially to a report of ‘an overturned gig with people in the water.’ When they arrived on scene adults and childen were ashore, some inside the harbourmaster’s office. The gig was on the beach.

Two lifeboat crew members, Georgia Robson and Andy Butterfield, went ashore to assist with ‘casualty care.’

The lifeboat then returned to Lyme Regis to pick up crew member Mark Ellis, who is also a full time paramedic, and helm Murray Saunders to assist, along with another paramedic, in treating children and adults.

Mark Ellis said:” I was able to treat two women and a young girl who were in some distress.”

 

 

Canoe club in rescue exercise with RNLI crew

 

A major exercise involving the RNLI lifeboat crew based in Lyme Regis and members of the Axe Vale Canoe Club has been hailed a success and a valuable contribution to improved safety at sea.

The exercise involved ten experienced kayakers and canoeists, and the scenario simulated a club member becoming ill. The lifeboat crew located the ‘casualty’ using VHF transmission from kayakers and then assisted canoe club members and their kayaks from the scene of the incident to the Axe marina.

Mike McAlpine, RNLI volunteer Community Safety Officer, said: ”The key message was being able to call for help can save lives. On a small craft like a kayak carrying a PLB – Personal Locator Beacon – is always a good idea.

“A hand held VHF radio is worth considering, as well as a mobile phone in a waterproof pouch which works well on many parts of the near shore.

“The exercise was a success for both the lifeboat crew and the kayakers with important lessons being learned.

 
Lifeboat crew’s dramatic rescue of two boys to feature in BBC TV’s Saving Lives at Sea

Four members of the volunteer crew of the RNLI’s Lyme Regis lifeboat will feature in the BBC 2 series Saving Lives At Sea after their dramatic rescue of two boys being swept out to sea.

The rescue, at the end of June, was filmed by a lifeboat crew member using a helmet camera and shows how two 14 year old boys were found clinging to each other after being swept out to sea some 200 metres from the River Axe.

The boys, Archie Woollacott and Bozhidra Bobev – known as Bo – are both students at Axe Valley Academy, Axminster.  Archie later helped to raise £700 which the school presented to the RNLI after he had his hair shaved off by a fellow student.

Archie, his mum Emily, and Bo feature in the film along with  lifeboat crew members Tim Edwards, Murray Saunders, Andy Butterfield and Nikky Williams.

Saving Lives At Sea, featuring the Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew, is scheduled for transmission sometime  on BBC 2 We'll let you know

 

 

18th October 2019

 

 

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew rescue man in the water being swept out to sea

 

Lyme Regis lifeboat launched this afternoon (Friday) to a report of a man in the water in difficulty at Seaton, Devon. The volunteer crew were  quick to launch, only 8 minutes after being requested by HM Coastguard at 1pm.

The lifeboat arrived in Seaton less than 15 minutes later and were able to locate and rescue the man who was wearing a drysuit and lifejacket with bright colours. The volunteer crew returned with the man to Lyme Regis lifeboat station.

Lifeboat helm Murray Saunders said: “We were able to get to Seaton quickly considering the rough seas, it was a good job the man was wearing appropriate protective clothing and a lifejacket. This helped when we  began searching and were able to rescue him rapidly.”

 

The lifeboat crew returned to Lyme Regis harbour with the casualty aboard safe and well at 2.00p.m.

 

 

 

13th October

Lifeboat launched to ‘man on cliffs’

Lyme Regis lifeboat was launched last night (Sat) after reports of a man scrambling up cliffs apparently to avoid a high tide.

Coastguards ashore and the volunteer lifeboat crew searched an area east of Lyme Regis but found no trace of the man.

The lifeboat launched at 7.19pm and returned to Lyme Regis harbour at 8.30pm .

The incident was recorded as a false alarm with good intent.

 

 

Sailing Club fish supper catches £660 for RNLI

 

A fish supper hosted by Lyme Regis Sailing Club served up a £660 donation for the volunteers of the town’s RNLI charity.

The supper was held last Friday (Oct 11th)  and sixty meals were served at the club’s headquarters thanks to the help of Vic Pelaou from Lyme’s Fish Bar.

The event was organised by the sailing club’s Trish Williams along with Di Mattock. The duo and Vic are pictured with the giant cheque which they presented to  lifeboat crew members at their training session today.

Another fish supper in Lyme Regis is planned for November 16th when former chef Petrina Muscroft hosts a feast at the town’s lifeboat station.

It’s the third year running that Petrina has held a fish supper as part of the RNLI’s fund-raising activities.

Once again this year the RNLI is encouraging people to come together with friends, family or their local community to have fun and enjoy a fish-themed dish to help save lives at sea.
She will do two sittings, 6-8pm and 8.30--10.30. There will be a choice of fish dishes and vegetarian, minimum donation £7 and bring your own drink.
 

Every penny raised during the RNLI Fish Suppers around the UK and Ireland will help prevent drowning and will go towards vital lifeboat crew kit, fuel for lifeboats, and essential training, including the charity’s many drowning prevention programmes such as Swim Safe sessions for children.

 

 

October 5 2019

 

Lifeboat Week breaks all records

 

The final total for Lifeboat Week and associated summer  fund-raising events in Lyme Regis this year is £40,315.  Treasurer for the Lyme Regis and Charmouth Lifeboat Supporters, Brian Cursley, announced the result and said: “There is little doubt that this is the best result ever after all expenses.”

Supporters chairman, Ken Lavery said: “This is just an  amazing  total and a tribute to all the RNLI volunteers involved in planning and running the events and, of course, we send our thanks to the many hundreds of generous people who gave donations during the week.”

 

 

27 September 2019

 

 

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat launched to two people & a dog cut off by tide

 

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat was launched yesterday afternoon (Thursday) when coastguards reported two people and a dog cut off by the tide at Black Venn, between Charmouth & Lyme Regis.

Sea conditions and visibility were good, the lifeboat crew were in communication with Lyme Regis coastguard rescue team and conducted searches along the beach but were later stood down by the coastguard.

Nick Marks, Volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager in Lyme Regis, said: ‘Conditions around the coastline this weekend are challenging with high tidal surges, large surf, and potential cliff falls. Anyone out walking should check the tide times prior to setting off.

As always, if you see someone in difficulty please call 999 and ask for the coastguard.’

 

The lifeboat was launched at 4.20pm and returned to Lyme Regis harbour an hour later.

 

This was the 23rd emergency call answered by the RNLI volunteer crew at Lyme Regis so far this year

 

 

 

 

22nd September 2019

 

Lifeboat launched to ‘swimmer reported to be in trouble’
 

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat launched yesterday  following a report of a person in the water requiring assistance off Beer beach.

The volunteer crew were tasked by the coastguard at 3.20pm to launch the lifeboat and arrived only 15 minutes later at Beer. The crew worked together with the Beer coastguard team and discovered the swimmer has made it safely to shore and was safe and well.

This was the 22nd time the volunteer crew of Lyme Regis have launched.

The lifeboat returned to Lyme Regis harbour an hour later.

 

 

 

15 September 2019

 

Lifeboat launched to ‘paddleboarders in trouble’

 

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat was launched last night following a report of two paddleboarders in difficulty six miles south of West Bay harbour.

The volunteer crew  carried out a search but nothing was found and the ‘shout’ – the 21st so far this year - was recorded as a false alarm with good intent.

The lifeboat was launched at 6.40 pm and returned to Lyme Regis harbour an hour later.

 

 

 

5 September, 2019

 

 

Lifeboat Week hits a £36,000 jackpot for life-saving charity

 

Lifeboat Week in Lyme Regis this year raised some £36,500 for the RNLI charity, the organisers heard last night.

Treasurer Brian Cursley announced the week’s financial results at the first meeting since the event of the Lyme Regis and Charmouth Lifeboat Supporters.

In his detailed report, Mr Cursley revealed that out of around 72 events the top earners were the water or wine lucky dip (£6,002), the glossy programme of the week’s events (£3,760) and the book stall (£2,556).

Since the early 1970s Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week has boosted the life-saving charity’s funds by hundreds of thousands of pounds.

In the last seven years alone volunteers have raised £250,000, thanks to the generous donations of visitors, residents and traders in the town and surrounding areas.

Chairman of the Lifeboat Supporters Ken Lavery said: ‘This year’s week was just brilliant and a huge tribute to everyone involved. All the new events did well as did the old favourites.  We are now planning an even more ambitious week for 2020.’

Next year’s Lifeboat Week is July 25th – 31st.

 

 

 

4th September 2019

 

Artist Jess  donates to RNLI after national sailing championships

 

Jess Douglas, local artist/illustrator and Lyme Regis Sailing Club member, has presented a cheque for £130 to the volunteers of the town’s RNLI.

The donation to the lifeboat charity was raised during the Firefly National Championships  hosted in Lyme Regis in August. Jess sold copies of her promotional Firefly poster.  

Copies of the poster  are still available.  Contact Jess on her website: https://www.jessdouglas.com/

 

 

30 August 2019

 

Lifeboat joins big search after ‘flare’ report

 

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat joined a search last night (Thursday) after a fishing boat crew reported seeing two red flares a few minutes apart at sea.

The volunteer lifeboat crew launched at 10pm and were at sea until half past midnight, searching from Charmouth in the east to Seaton and Sidmouth to the west of Lyme Regis.

The lifeboat crew joined a search with a coastguard helicopter, Exmouth’s RNLI lifeboat and coastguards ashore from West Bay and Beer.

Nothing was found and the lifeboat crew were stood down by Solent coastguards just after midnight.

 

 

25 August 2019

 

Sea anglers net £3,000 for lifeboat volunteers

Members of Seaton’s Sea Angling Club yesterday (Sat) presented a cheque for £3,000 to the volunteers of the RNLI in Lyme Regis.

The donation to the lifeboat charity  was raised during a number of fund-raising events including the annual barbecue. The total included a large sum raised in  memory of Chris Cox, whose son Nathan is a member of the club.

 

 

 

23 August 2019

 

Lifeboat launched to ‘dinghy on rocks’

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat was launched yesterday (Thurs) after reports that a small dinghy had struck rocks and a man was in the water.

The incident happened at Broad Ledge, three quarters of a mile east of the town’s harbour.

The sailor was safe and well and was helped ashore by a lifeguard.  His dinghy was sailed back to Lyme Regis harbour by a member of the lifeboat crew.

 

 

 

 

Now lifeboat crew get a floating X-Factor !

 

Lifeboat volunteers in Lyme Regis now have their own version of the X-Factor to help them save lives at sea.

The RNLI has supplied the town’s lifeboat crew with a so-called X-boat …a ten foot inflatable with oars.

Volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks explained: ’The idea is to try and avoid asking crew members to swim ashore to reach people, particularly  those cut off by the tide. This has sometimes been necessary when the lifeboat has been unable to get close to shore safely.’

The  crew are currently evaluating the value of the inflatable which is taken aboard the lifeboat and then later rowed ashore to offer reassurance, or even first aid, to anyone in trouble.  Nick Marks added:’ We are hoping the X-boat will improve our operational ability still further to assist those in difficulty ashore.’

 

 

August 11 2019

 

Sailors rescued by Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew as their dinghy capsizes

 

Two ex-professional sailors were rescued by the  crew of Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat today when their dinghy capsized in strong winds  500m south of the town’s harbour.

Sam Brearey, 30, from Canterbury, and Christian Birrell,also 30, from London, were training for a national sailing championships event  next weekend when when the forestay – a rope supporting the mast – broke and their vessel capsized throwing them both overboard.

Both men were in the water when the lifeboat crew arrived. The 14 foot Merlin Rocket sailing boat with the two men aboard was then towed by the lifeboat  to the safety of Lyme Regis harbour.

Sam Brearey said:’ Despite all the experience we have both gained, if the forestay goes you have a major problem.

‘We were very pleased to see the lifeboat crew, who were brilliant at working together to recover us and the boat. There was simply nothing we could do after the forestay broke.’

The volunteer lifeboat crew were requested to launch by coastguards at 2.27pm and returned to Lyme Regis harbour at 4pm.

 

 

 

10 August 2019

 

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat launched to three cut off by tide

 

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat was launched this afternoon when coastguards reported three people cut off by the tide at Freshwater Bay, east of the Dorset resort.

Sea conditions were rough, and the lifeboat crew was stood down when coastguards ashore assisted the three people to safety.

Nick Marks, Volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager in Lyme Regis, said:’Conditions around the coastline this weekend are challenging with tidal surges, large surf, strong rip currents and cliff falls.

‘It is very likely that swimming, bodyboarding, or surfing will not be safe.

‘Anglers, walkers and those taking photographs are reminded to keep a safe distance from the water. As always, if you see someone in difficulty please call 999 and ask for the coastguard.’

The lifeboat was launched at 12.20pm and returned to Lyme Regis harbour an hour later.

This was the 15th emergency call answered by the RNLI volunteer crew at Lyme Regis so far this year.

 

 

August 10 2019

 

Lifeboat launched to ‘six cut off by tide’

 

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat was launched yesterday (Fri) after coastguards received a report of six people cut off by the tide on Spittles beach east of the town.

The volunteer lifeboat crew launched at 1225 and soon established that all six people had managed to reach safety ashore. The lifeboat returned to Lyme Regis harbour some twenty minutes later.

August 4, 2019

Lyme Regis  Lifeboat Week heading for another success

Lifeboat Week in Lyme Regis was heading for  another financial success for the RNLI’s life-saving  charity as the event came to an end yesterday (Fri).

Early estimates were that donations totalling £28,000 had been received  with the final figure expected within a week or two.

The week started in brilliant sunshine with the popular appearance of John Challis - Boycie in Only Fools and Horses – officially opening the event.

Second- hand book sales, the wine or water raffle, a birds of prey talk with barn owls and a bald eagle, the spectacular Red Devils Army parachute display team, not to mention the tug ‘o war across the harbour mouth and the bathtub race….all proved big attractions for visitors and residents.

Almost a hundred took part in the swimming challenges for children and adults from Cobb Gate to the North Wall of the harbour. 

Around 500 hot dogs cooked by the lifeboat crew were sold, and 650 plastic ducks raced to the finishing line on the River Lym with prizes for the winners and the last ‘competitor.’

The singalong version of the Mama Mia! film was a sell-out at the Marine Theatre.

Ken Lavery, chairman of the organisers, the Lyme Regis and Charmouth Lifeboat Supporters, said: “It was a great week with new events and old favourites all very popular.

“I can’t thank enough those who took part and donated to our charity. Their generosity once again was just amazing. I must also thank all our volunteers who gave their time to run the 72 different events.

“The rain on one day did not dampen the spirits of anyone.”

Tug ‘o war across the harbour mouth and the bathtub race rounded off the week on Friday. The lifeboat crew won the tug ‘o war against a team from the sailing club, sea school and football club. The sailing club’s bathtub, Cat-Astrophe won with the Boat Building Academy’s Bare Minimum second and Kersbrook Chaos third.

The lifeboat crew and their bathtub called Time for Bed came last and had to be towed into the harbour….by the lifeboat.

 

www.lymeregislifeboatweek.co.uk

 

 

1st August 2019

 

 

'Buskers’ 25 years at Lifeboat Week

  

Two musicians marked 25 years ‘busking’ at Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week.

Friends Holly Chapman. 70, and 92 year old Ivor Hyde have been playing together for 35 years, mainly at barn dances. But they have also appeared at Lifeboat Week every year, Holly, from Axminster, with her violin and Ivor, from near Chard, with his accordion.

Together they have raised hundreds of pounds for the RNLI. “It’s just a great pleasure to play in the open air, and the public are very generous,” said Holly.


 

August 1st, 2019

 

 

Hazel,86, knits a pattern for charity work

  

If anyone summed up the spirit of charity work during Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week it was Hazel Swindells, 86, from the West Midlands.

Hazel is grandmother to Claire Perkins, the young woman who drowned in 2011 when her electric wheelchair fell into the town’s harbour.

Hazel,  her daughter Paula and Paula’s husband, Mark, travel from the West Midlands every year to help RNLI volunteers running the week which often raises £35,000 for the life-savung charity.

During the week Hazel sold programmes at the lifeboat station and at the same time knitted fingerless gloves which she sold for the RNLI. One visitor bought a pair for £14.

Hazel said: “I knit all day and every day and the gloves have been very popular.”

Hazel knits all year round, anything from the gloves to jumpers and cardigans, and always for charity including the one that supports people with the illness her grand-daughter suffered from.

 

 

27 July 2019

 

First day crowds enjoy sunshine at Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week

 

Huge crowds packed Lyme Regis today in the sunshine for the first day of this year’s Lifeboat Week.

A major attraction was the appearance of actor John Challis – Boycie in Only Fools and Horses – to officially open the week and then to deal with long queues to sign his autobiography.

Another major event was the welcome display by the Lyme Regis inshore lifeboat, Spirit of Loch Fyne, the all weather lifeboat from Exmouth and the coastguard helicopter from St Athan, South Wales.

Belly dancing from the Easter Promise group, an art exhibition and a display by members of the Weymouth and Portland Model Boat Club also attracted admiring audiences.

 

 

27 July, 2019

 

Three thrown overboard as dinghy is swamped by waves

 

Three young men, thrown overboard from their dinghy, have been praised by the RNLI for their text book response to the drama.

The men’s dinghy was swamped by waves at St. Gabriel’s Steps near Golden Cap last night (Friday).

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat was launched at 6.40pm. after coastguards reported the dinghy capsize and three people in the water.

Members of the volunteer lifeboat crew who responded to their pager alert included seven who had just started  to take part in a charity cricket match at Uplyme on the eve of lifeboat week.

The three men, all wearing lifejackets, managed to swim safely ashore. One member of the lifeboat crew also swam ashore to assist coastguards who escorted the three to Charmouth.

Ken Lavery, Deputy Launching Authority at the lifeboat station, said: ”The young men responded to their dilemma in an exemplary manner. All wore lifejackets, they kept each other in sight as they swam ashore, one had a kill cord attached to his ankle so their outboard engine stopped, and they even removed the petrol tank to avoid pollution. It was text book stuff.”

Owner of the 3.8m inflatable James Chambers, 23, from Leatherhead, Surrey was visiting Dorset with his fiancé Georgie, also 23, for their engagement party. The other two aboard the dinghy were James’ brother  Harry, 19, and friend James Goodall, 23, also from Surrey.

James Chambers said: ”We were hit by a big wave at the back of the dinghy and we were all tipped out. We were about 100metres from the beach. We swam ashore and we were all fine.”

 

24th July 2019

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat launched after report of people in the water and a broken down fishing boat

Lyme Regis Lifeboat launched today
(Wednesday) at 12.45pm today to a report of a 3 people in the water and a broken down fishing vessel near West Bexington.
Volunteer lifeboat crew were quick to launch after being notified by the coastguard. On arriving on scene, the crew discovered the casualties had made it ashore and managed to bring their 15ft fishing boat ashore.
The trio from Berkshire were on their fishing boat when it suffered engine failure, they managed to get the boat ashore and wait for assistance.
Two of the lifeboat crew swam ashore to liaise with the West Bay coastguard rescue team to ensure the casualties were safe and well. The crew set up a tow and towed the boat and people back to West Bay. The lifeboat returned to Lyme Regis by 2.30pm

 

 

20 July 2019

 

School’s £700 donation to RNLI life-savers

 

Pupils at Axe Valley Academy in Axminster have donated more than £700 to the RNLI in Lyme Regis following the rescue of two of their school colleagues last month.

One of the 14 year olds, Archie Woollacott, handed a donation of £731 to volunteer helm Murray Saunders at the school’s last assembly before the summer break yesterday (Fri).

The money was raised by Archie who had his head shaved for sponsorship and by hundreds of students who donated on a non-uniform day.

Archie, from Fishpond, Dorset, and his friend, known as Bo, were rescued by the Lyme Regis lifeboat crew after being swept out to sea from the mouth of the River Axe on June 28.

Youngsters at the  packed school assembly were  given some sea safety advice by Murray Saunders on the eve of their six week summer holiday. He warned against so-called tomb-stoning and urged the students to remember the RNLI’s message to:’ Respect the Water.’

 

 

12 July 2019

 

Another close shave for Archie, 14, after rescue by lifeboat crew

 

A 14 year old schoolboy rescued with his friend after being swept out to sea from the River Axe has had another close shave.

Archie Woollacott, from Fishpond, Dorset, had his hair shaved off today to raise a donation for the RNLI volunteers from Lyme Regis who saved him and his friend, known as Bo, also 14,  on June 28.

With a hundred of his fellow students at Axe Valley Academy and his mum, Emily, looking on Archie had his very short back and sides as fellow student Sammie D’Alberlansln wielded the electric razor.

Archie reckons he raised some £300 with his haircut and the school also received donations for the RNLI on its no-uniform day. A presentation is planned for next Friday at the last assembly before the summer break.

30th June
One of the boys our crew rescued, (see below) Archie Woollacott, surprised us by presenting the crew with a lemon drizzle cake he had baked this morning. Archie attends cookery classes at school and said: "I just wanted to meet the crew who saved me and to say thank you properly." It now appears that he and his friend, Bo, were in the water for about an hour. Photo shows Archie (right) in the bows of the lifeboat with the cake and  helm Murray Saunders and other members of the crew foreground.

28th June 2019

 Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew rescue two boys being swept out to sea

Two teenaged boys being swept out to sea from the River Axe were rescued tonight by the volunteer crew of the Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat.

The lifeboat was launched at 6.20pm after a report of one boy in difficulties. It later became clear that two boys were in the water, and it is thought one was trying to help the other.

The lifeboat was on the scene within ten minutes of launching and with the help of Beer coastguards found the boys some 200 metres out at sea  south of the River Axe.

Lifeboat helm Murray Saunders said:” The coastguards were a terrific help and guided us to the boys who were waving to us. It was very fortunate that we found them so quickly. They were obviously very cold and relieved to see us.”

The boys were taken aboard the lifeboat and then winched from the lifeboat to a coastguard helicopter. It is understood they were then transferred to an air ambulance and taken to hospital in Dorchester.

The lifeboat crew returned to Lyme Regis harbour at 7.20p.m. 
More with video on the rescue of two boys on the River Axe on the RNLI News Centre:

 https://rnli.org/news-and-media/2019/june/29/lyme-regis-rnli-crew-rescue-two-boys-being-swept-out-to-sea

 


28 June 2019

 

Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week 2019 aims to be bigger and better than ever

Plans are being finalised for Lifeboat Week, one of the biggest summer attractions in Lyme Regis and a huge fund raiser for the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea.
This year’s event gets under way on July 27th , and the official opening will be performed by actor John Challis who played Boycie in the BBC TV hit series Only Fools and Horses.

All the old favourites are in the week’s attractions…the bath tub race, tug o’ war across the harbour mouth, and the spectacular Army parachute display team The Red Devils.

As usual there will be a mix of events to appeal to all ages, including the swimming challenge for adults and children, a fascinating birds of prey demonstration and a crab fishing competition for the youngsters.

One new attraction this year is a singalong version of the film Mama Mia ! being screened at the Marine Theatre. This event also includes a competition for the best Abba adult and youngster outfit.

Lifeboat Week is organised by the local volunteer RNLI fund-raisers, the Lyme Regis and Charmouth Lifeboat Supporters, with help from the lifeboat crew.

Chairman of the Supporters Ken Lavery said:”  At first there were lifeboat days, but Lyme Regis has had a action-packed lifeboat week since the 1970s, and in recent years the event has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for our life-saving charity.

“On average the week raises between £30,000 and £35,000 and we are deeply grateful to visitors, residents and traders for their generous donations.

“This year we believe we have a bigger and better event all round, and all we need for another great week is good weather.”

This year it’s hoped to provide a detailed programme on line and it  will also be available at outlets around the town and, of course, the lifeboat shop on The Cobb.  

 

Lyme Regis RNLI flag at half mast following French lifeboat  tragedy

The flag at the RNLI lifeboat station in Lyme Regis was flown at half mast following news of the loss of three crew members when a French lifeboat capsized during a rescue.

Lifeboat Operations Manager in Lyme Regis, Nick Marks said: “As a mark of our respect we took the decision to lower our flag on Friday and a message of support was posted on twitter.”

The RNLI said in a statement: “This is tragic news and a shock to all of us in the lifesaving family. Times like this remind us how perilous the water can be, Our thoughts go out to all involved.”

 

 

Lifeboat flag day success

Flag day in Lyme Regis and Charmouth in aid of the RNLI charity on June 1st raised £990.09.
Organiser Gwyneth Barker said: “We had forty volunteer collectors on duty during the day and, once again, we are so grateful for the donations to our charity that exists to save lives at sea.”

 

28th May

 

Authors put lifeboat in the picture with photo donation

 

 

The joint authors of a top selling book about Dorset, who presented a £1000 cheque to the volunteers of Lyme Regis RNLI, today turned that cheque into a gift of photographic equipment for use by the lifeboat crew.

Fanny Charles and Gay Pirrie-Weir have already donated some £40,000 to charities, proceeds from their books including Deepest Dorset,  which covers a wide range of subjects about the county including food, farming, fossils and landscape.

Fanny said:” We first presented a cheque but then we heard the lifeboat crew wanted some photographic equipment  to help raise their profile even higher. We wanted the donation to be spent locally and we are delighted to help.”

Fanny and Gay presented crew member Dave Holland with a telephoto lens and photo printer.

Fanny and Gay’s book is published by Deepest Books, price £20. More information at www.deepestbooks.co.uk or phone 0196332525.

 

 

 

 

26th May

Blessing of the boats remembers tragedy and rescues
An estimated two hundred people attended today’s Blessing of the Boats open air service at the RNLI’s lifeboat station in Lyme Regis. The poignant service was conducted by the Rev. Rosemary Bragg, interregnum team vicar, and the Rev Eric Holdstock from Lyme Regis Baptist Church.  The lesson was read by the recently elected Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Brian Larcombe.
Four wreaths were taken out to sea by members of the volunteer lifeboat crew, marking remembrance of those who have died but also celebrating ‘relief and gratitude’ for lifeboat crews, coastguards and helicopter crews all of whom have saved many lives.
Music for the service was provided by Lyme Regis Town Band.

 

26th May 

Lifeboat launched to upturned Kayak
Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat was launched last night (Sat) following reports of an upturned kayak off West Bexington.  The volunteer crew launched at 7.27pm, but shortly afterwards coastguards ashore reported they had contacted the kayak’s owner, safe and well on the beach. The kayak was recovered later.
 

25 May  2019

 Million-pound training fund helps Lyme Regis RNLI crew learn vital skills

Two  volunteer crew members at Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat station have had a vital part of their crew training funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation.
 

Georgia Robson, 25, and Dave Holland,46,,   recently travelled to the RNLI College in Poole,  to complete the charity’s Crew Emergency Procedures course.. Georgia, is a business manager with a vehicle comany  and Dave  is an assistant bar manager.

 

The course sees volunteer crew being trained in a variety of crucial subjects such as how to deal with fires aboard lifeboats, how to ‘abandon ship’ in the event of an emergency (with a 4m jump into water), team survival swimming, coping in a life-raft in simulated darkness, how to right a capsized inshore lifeboat, and the importance of lifejackets. It also includes sessions on the correct use of flares, fire extinguishers and grab bags.

 

Talking about the training, Dave said:”  The course was informative, invigorating and I have learned a great deal,, all of which will be immensely useful in my volunteer duties with the lifeboat crew. Myself and Georgia also greatly valued the team building aspect of the course.”

 

Georgia and Dave’s training took place in the Sea Survival Centre at the RNLI College, where they were joined by other RNLI volunteer crew members from around the UK and Ireland.

 

The training was funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a charitable foundation that helps to protect life and property by supporting engineering-related education, public engagement and the application of research. The Foundation has committed to funding the RNLI’s Crew Emergency Procedures course for a second 5-year period until December 2020. This additional funding of £1.06M brings their total support for RNLI crew training to just over £2.46M* since 2008. More than 3,000 RNLI volunteer crew members have now received the training thanks to Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s funding. 

 

James Kilburn, Lifesaving Delivery Training Manager at the RNLI said, ‘We are so grateful to Lloyd’s Register Foundation for funding this vital part of our volunteer crews’ training.

 

‘Their support is very important to us and it’s fantastic how, so far, over 3,000 of our crew members have benefited from Lloyd’s Register Foundation funding this part of their training. As only one in ten of our volunteer crew members comes from a professional maritime background, the Crew Emergency Procedures course is crucial in giving our volunteers the training they need and helping keep them as safe as possible

 

 

 

 

Lifeboat teams welcome all to open day and blessing of the boats

 

 

Crew members and supporters of the RNLI lifeboat in Lyme Regis are staging an open day followed by the annual Blessing of the Boats service on Sunday, May 26th.

The lifeboat station on the Cobb will be open from 10am to 2pm. Blessing of the Boats begins at 3pm.

During the open day volunteer lifeboat crew and members of the fundraisers, the Lyme Regis and Charmouth Lifeboat Supporters Group, will be on hand to talk about all aspects of volunteering for the charity.

The supporters organise many fund-raising events throughout the year including Lifeboat Week which this year starts on July 27th.

Chairman of the supporters group, retired surgeon Ken Lavery, said: ”Lifeboat Week is our major fund-raising event and  donations during the week regularly total around £30,000.

“Our volunteers are incredibly enthusiastic, but we could always do with more help so we thought we would hold an open day in the hope that we might interest more people to join us. We are a very friendly group and there are plenty of social activities during the year.”

Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks also hopes to attract some interest from men and women who may want to join the volunteer crew.”We hope the open day will give an opportunity for visitors to discuss with us how the lifeboat operation works and if we find a few people who would like to join the crew so much the better.”

So far this year the Lyme Regis lifeboat crew have answered six emergency calls. Last year’s total was 40 ‘shouts.’

Anyone interested in joining the supporters group can do so on May 26th or call membership secretary Anne Marks on 07802 675985.

The Blessing of the Boats  inter- denominational service at the lifeboat station will be conducted by local clergy and will be accompanied by the Lyme Regis Town Band.   

 

Four rescued by Lyme Regis RNLI crew as speedboat breaks down

 

Four people – two men and two women – were rescued by the volunteer RNLI crew of Lyme Regis lifeboat last night (Monday) when their speedboat suffered engine failure.

The lifeboat was launched at 7.52pm and was on scene, 100metres south of Golden Cap, seven minutes later.

The lifeboat crew towed the speedboat to the safety of West Bay Harbour, arriving at 8.22pm and returned to Lyme Regis at 8.50pm.

This was the sixth ‘shout’ for the Lyme Regis crew so far this year.
 

‘Deepest Dorset’ helps to keep RNLI Lyme Regis afloat

The joint authors of Deepest Dorset, a book which looks at what makes Dorset special, have donated £1,000 from sales to a charity they also regard as special…the RNLI in Lyme Regis.

 

Fanny Charles and Gay Pirrie-Weir have already donated some £40,000 to charities, including the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, the Dorset Community Foundation and the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust following sales of the book.

 

Fanny Charles, who  presented a cheque to Deputy Launching Authority Ken Lavery, said: “The lifeboat volunteers do a fantastic job and we wanted to be certain our donation went to this particular group of people based in Lyme Regis.”

 

Deepest Dorset covers wide-ranging subjects including landscape, and literature, food, farming and fossils, architecture, the arts  and the oil industry and is published by Deepest Books, price £20. For more information visit www.deepestbooks.co.uk or phone 01963 32525.

 

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat launched  after report of  two people in the water and sinking boat

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat launched today  at 11am after reports of two people in the water and a sinking boat at Seaton, Devon.

 

The volunteer crew arrived on scene within ten minutes of launching by which time one person had reached  shore safely and the  other had been recovered by a passing fishing vessel and then transferred to the Sidmouth independent lifeboat. Both people were met by an ambulance team ashore.

 

The lifeboat crew managed to recover the sinking 20 foot vessel and towed  the boat back to Lyme Regis where more crew were able to work  with the harbourmaster’s team to recover the boat to safety.

It was reported that the boat had hit the harbour wall when trying to leave Axmouth harbour near Seaton.

 

Lyme Regis lifeboat helm Jon Broome said: ‘Our crew were quick to launch and get to Seaton in a  flat sea. Thankfully the two people were safely ashore when we arrived so we could focus on recovering the damaged boat.

 ‘This Easter bank holiday weekend will see  high tides so we would urge members of the public to take care when out walking and check tide times.’

 

Lifeboat fund-raisers highlight a year of success

A change of name, nearly £67,000 raised for the charity last year and plans a for a better-than-ever Lifeboat Week in 2019.

These were the highlights of the annual meeting of the Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild last night (Weds).

After decades as a Guild the volunteers, who form the fund-raising branch of the RNLI, are now members of the Lyme Regis and Charmouth Lifeboat Supporters Group.

Chairman Ken Lavery said the title of RNLI Guild ‘does not tell people what we are about.’

Members voted for the name change and now plan an open day at the lifeboat station in a bid to raise the profile of the group and attract new members.

Mr. Lavery praised a ‘superb’ committee and said plans were now under way for  a better than ever Lifeboat Week with many old and new events.

Treasurer Brian Cursley reported that the group had raised a total of £66,806 for the life-saving charity during 2018, including £35,152 during Lifeboat Week.

He said:”It has been an extremely good year, and all down to our volunteers.”

The meeting heard that takings at the lifeboat shop on the Cobb totalled £138,203 and it had been the best performing RNLI shop not attached to a museum or visitor experience centre.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks told the meeting that the volunteer crew members had answered 40 emergency calls during the year.

Analysis of the ‘shouts’ showed that most involved missing persons, people cut off by the tide, and broken down vessels.

Mr Marks said that because there were locations between Lyme Regis and Golden Cap where the lifeboat could not be beached crew members had to swim ashore to reach people in trouble.

He said the question of getting an additional, much smaller boat for use in such situations was being investigated.

 

Lifeboat launched to a Batman balloon

Volunteer crew members of the Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat last night (Friday) recovered one of the oddest items in recent years after receiving an emergency call…a batman balloon.

The alert was raised when coastguards received a report of’an ‘object’ floating in the water off Abbotsbury.

Lifeboat helm Tim Edwards said:’ Obviously from the shore it would not have been clear what this object was. It would have looked very strange, so it was something which had to be checked out by us and the coastguards.

‘When we were close to the object it became clear it was a large helium type balloon with a batman logo.

‘We recovered the balloon from the sea to prevent pollution.’ 

The lifeboat launched at 6.30pm and returned to Lyme Regis at 7.45. This was the fourth call answered by the Lyme Regis volunteers so far this year.

 

15 March 2019

Georgia gets her first ‘shout’ as a lifeboat crew member…while she is in the dentist’s chair

The third ‘shout’ of the year today (Friday) was the first for Georgia Robson, only the fourth woman ever to join the volunteer crew of the RNLI’s Lyme Regis lifeboat.

And the occasion was certainly one she won’t forget…she was in the dentist’s chair when her pager sounded the alert. “I just had to apologise and explain why I had to leave,” said Georgia, “and I have now made another appointment to finish my treatment.”

Lyme-born Georgia, 24, joined as shore crew just over a year ago and recently qualified as a sea-going  member of the team.

She said: ”We were called to investigate an unidentified object floating near the promenade at West Bay, so it was just a little worrying as to what we would find.

“It turned out to be nothing more serious than a large marker buoy but, of course, when the coastguards receive a call from a worried onlooker we have to go.

“I just love being a member of the crew and will have to be patient for my second opportunity to go to sea on a shout.”

The lifeboat was launched at 11.52a.m.and returned to Lyme Regis harbour an hour later.

 

 

 

Midlands coffee club mark Lyme Regis RNLI rescue of soldier with £700 donation

 

 

Members of  a coffee club in the land-locked Midlands have sent a donation of £765 to  RNLI volunteers in Lyme Regis to mark their part in the rescue of a soldier with a broken leg in 2017.

Tim Robinson, now 56, slipped on rocks and staggered for more than two hours in the dark before he was found by the lifeboat crew and coastguards near Golden Cap, east of Lyme Regis  in January two years ago.

Tim’s parents, Anne and Noel Robinson, are members of the Wednesday Coffee Club at Etwall in Derbyshire and when the club decided  to nominate the RNLI as their charity for 2018 they suggested a donation to the Dorset volunteers. A similar sum was sent to the RNLI team at Exmouth which had hosted a visit from the club.

The chairman of  the City of Derby Fundraising Branch of the RNLI, William Stanier, gave a talk to the coffee club and received the donation. Tim Robinson spoke of his gratitude to his rescuers at the same meeting.

During the rescue two first-aid trained members of the lifeboat crew, Tom Crabbe and Tom Wallis, went ashore to help coastguards assess Mr Robinson’s condition. The lifeboat crew later took Mr Robinson aboard to a waiting ambulance at Lyme Regis harbour.    

 Nick Marks, Lifeboat Operations Manager in Lyme Regis, said:  ”We were delighted to hear of this donation from RNLI supporters so far from the sea, and we are pleased to hear that Mr Robinson has recovered from his ordeal.”

 

24 February 2019

Cliff Warning

Coastguards and the RNLI in Lyme Regis have issued a stark warning to people risking their lives as they ignore the dangers of the beautiful Jurassic Coast.

The latest warnings follow two incidents in which seven people were cut off by the tide, and photographs emerged of a couple and four children climbing in the mud on a cliff at Charmouth.

Volunteer Lyme Regis RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks said: “This latest evidence of people climbing the cliff with children is a serious concern, as is those who become cut off by the tide.

“ I fear serious injury, or even loss of life, is a real possibility when people do not take seriously the dangers that the coast presents.

“That is not to say they should not enjoy the coast, but it is to emphasise that they must take great care and plan their activities according to the conditions”

The photographs were taken (last Thurs) by a fossil hunter on the beach at Charmouth, who said:”I was horrified to see two adults and four children, all apparently under the age of ten, climbing the cliff. Mud was actually falling off the cliff at the time.

“I also saw two wellington boots stuck in the mud and presumably abandoned by their wearers.”

Coastguards, who have dealt with several incidents involving people cut off by the tide or trapped on cliffs, have also issued many warnings and advice.

Nick Bale, Station Officer at Lyme Regis Coastguard, said today (Sun): “We have carried out six rescues in the space of 72 hours. In all cases the casualties have put themselves in unnecessary danger through lack of forethought and ignoring straightforward advice and signage. Their rescuers have also been put into these dangerous situations.

“Coastguard advice remains very clear…do not put yourself at risk by climbing  cliffs or investigating muddy areas as you can easily become stuck. If you do become stuck, remain calm and keep as still as you can.

“If you find yourself in difficulty at sea, on the beach or the cliffs or if you see something which gives you cause for concern do not hesitate…dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.”

 

20th February 2019

 

Lifeboat called to couple cut off by tide

 

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat was launched yesterday (Tuesday 19th Feb) to assist coastguards ashore following reports of two people cut off by the tide near Charmouth.

 

The lifeboat crew launched at 5.15pm and were quickly on scene, the casualties were attempting to walk in the shale mud landslides below the cliffs between Charmouth and Golden Cap. One of the volunteer crew swam in to help, they waited for the coastguard rescue helicopter and were winched up and taken to a landing site in Charmouth setup by the local coastguard teams.

 

The two people rescued were teachers from West London visiting the area for the day. One said “we are so grateful to everyone involved with rescuing us today and we’re ever so sorry for the inconvenience”

 

This was the second emergency call answered by the Lyme Regis RNLI volunteers to assist with people cut off by the tide in the last three days.

 

Nick Marks, Lifeboat Operations Manager said “We would encourage any visitor to the area to check tide times before walking along the beach, either Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre or Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre. This half term week the local area is experiencing very high tides, so it is very important to check.”

If you see anyone in trouble in the sea, call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

 

 

 

Lifeboat called to five cut off by tide

 

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat was launched Sunday, 17 February to assist coastguards ashore following reports of five people and a dog cut off by the tide near Charmouth.

The lifeboat crew, who launched at 4.05pm, stood off liaising by radio with coastguards ashore, until a rescue helicopter arrived and landed the people safely on dry land.

This was the first emergency call answered by the Lyme Regis RNLI volunteers so far this year.

 

 

30 January 2019

 

 

Christmas 2019 comes early for Lyme Regis  lifeboat families

Christmas this year came eleven months early last night (Tues) for the crew of the RNLI lifeboat in Lyme Regis and their families.

The lifesaving charity chose the town’s crew to feature in a film spelling out the need to stay safe by the water and emphasising how the volunteers are available all year round.

The film features crew member Georgia Robson as she is about to tuck into her Christmas dinner. Her pager goes off and she runs through the streets of Lyme Regis to the lifeboat station.

The lifeboat is launched and the crew ‘rescue’ Seb Cope, one of their colleagues.

Later Georgia discovers that crew members and their families have all turned up at the lifeboat station to have their Christmas dinner, and finally she can enjoy hers after responding to the lifeboat ‘shout.’

The film’s director Harrison Bates, from the RNLI’s Film and Image department at headquarters in Poole, said: ‘Filming went extremely well and the crew and their families were fantastic. We hope the film will stress the need to keep safe by the water, not only at Christmas, and will also demonstrate how the RNLI’s volunteers are on call all year round.’

It’s hoped the film will be screened on-line and on social media, among other outlets, close to Christmas.

 

20 January 2019

Coastguard Helicopter Exercise Volunteers with the RNLI’s inshore lifeboat based in Lyme Regis took part in a major exercise with the coastguard helicopter today (Sun). The 75 minute exercise began when the helicopter, from St. Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan, landed on the beach and the aircraft’s winchman transferred to the lifeboat.

Senior lifeboat helm Tim Edwards said: ”This was a really valuable exercise in dealing with a casualty at sea, particularly with the winchman aboard to advise on the handling of difficult situations when performing complicated rescues involving the coastguard helicopter.”

 

 

14 January 2019

 

Beth drops in at Lyme Regis RNLI on walk around UK

Long distance walker Beth Wilkes called in at the RNLI lifeboat station in Lyme Regis today (Monday) during her marathon journey around  the UK coastline.

Beth, from the West Midlands, started her trek at Tower Lifeboat Station on the River Thames on 3 October and plans to visit all the RNLI premises during the year.

Beth is raising funds for the RNLI and the Lowland Rescue charities and aims to travel some ten miles a day staying with supporters on the way.

She was welcomed  in Lyme Regis by volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks who said: ”I never cease to be amazed by the efforts of people supporting the RNLI in our efforts to save lives at sea. I wish Beth every success in her mammoth undertaking.”

 

9 January 2019

 

New Year challenges for lifeboat crew

Three members of the crew of the RNLI’s lifeboat in Lyme Regis have made New Year role changes after serving as volunteers for almost a total of four decades.

Self-employed carpenter Mark Colley has retired as a helm on reaching the sea-going age limit of 55 in December and after serving for 20 years. He plans to continue as shore crew and to assist with training new recruits.

Mark Gage has reluctantly left the crew after moving home to Bridport. In 15 years he served as shore crew, boat crew and boat and tractor mechanic. He works as an energy and environment manager for the Brend Hotel Group.

Mark Gage said: “It has been an honour and  privilege to volunteer with the Lyme Regis RNLI crew and I leave with a heavy heart.”

Pete (correct) Cable,24, joined the crew at 17. He left to go to university, returned and has now left to join the Royal Navy where he plans to train to become a Weapons Engineer Officer. He hopes to assist as shore crew with Lyme Regis RNLI during leave from the navy.

Pete’s father John is a long-serving member of the lifeboat crew.

 


Some 2018 shouts

 

27 December 2018

 

Lifeboat launched to ‘drifting kayaks’

 

The volunteer crew of Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat answered their 40th emergency call of the year today (Dec 27) following reports of  what appeared to be two drifting kayaks a mile and a half to the east of the town’s harbour.  The ‘kayaks’ turned out to be large black fenders drifting out to sea south of the Black Ven cliff. The fenders were recovered by the lifeboat crew and taken ashore at Lyme Regis harbour.  The lifeboat was launched at 11.30am and the crew returned to harbour half an hour later.   

 

 

26 December 2018

 

Charmouth Christmas Day swim brings out the crowds

 

A gloomy Christmas Day morning did nothing to deter spectators and swimmers for the annual display of crazy and colourful costumes and generous donations to the RNLI for the annual fancy dress swim at Charmouth.

An estimated 300 people watched as dozens of swimmers – Santas, skeletons, elves and vicars among them – charged into the  chilly  waves as Lyme Regis town crier Alan Vian announced the start of the popular event.

At least £1,500 was raised for the RNLI charity, and the event was supported by the landlords of Charmouth’s  Royal Oak pub, Matthew and Sue Bracey, who supplied warming mulled wine for the courageous swimmers.

 

 

 

December 26 2018

  

RNLI wellie dog family has a puppy for Christmas

  

One of the most popular features on the Cobb in Lyme Regis, the dog created from worn - out lifeboat wellies, had a happy event in time for Christmas.

With the help, in his garden shed, of long-serving RNLI lifeboat crew member Garry Gibbs, the one wellie dog outside the lifeboat shop has become a family of three.

Dozens of Boxing Day visitors to the town took photographs of the dogs, and the next development will be finding a family name.

“That may have to wait until lifeboat week next year, “ said RNLI shop manager Krys Lavery, “but we still have to make a decision on this important issue.”

Wellie dog family creator Garry Gibbs said: “Lots of people asked me if the one dog would have a family because he looked lonely outside the shop. So I found some more worn-out wellies and the mummy dog and the puppy are the result.”

 

 

 

9 December 2018

 

Lifeboat volunteers honoured for long service

 

Sixty people- members of the crew, their families and friends – welcomed Christmas yesterday (Sat) at the annual presentation party of the volunteers of Lyme Regis RNLI.

Four crew members, who have volunteered  for a total of 90 years, received awards. They are Andrew Rice (30 years), and Lance Taylor, Tim Edwards and Brian Street, all 20 years.

The award for the crew member of year – voted by the crew – went to senior helm Tim Edwards.

Somewhat less serious presentations were the Bent Propeller Trophy ‘won’ by Mark Colley and the Man Overboard award to John Rickard.

A special award – a photograph of the event – went to three members of the crew who were rescued by their own colleagues in August, An onlooker ashore thought kite surfers Elliott Herbert, Murray Saunders and Rich Tilley were in difficulties when the wind dropped a mile off Charmouth.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks told partygoers at the Harbour Inn that 2018 had a been a successful year with almost 40 ‘shouts’ , around twice the total for the previous year. More trainees had joined and the crew never once missed a launch because of a shortage of volunteers.

He added: ”We have a very good team and we can take pride in having done our job pretty well.”

 

 

14 November 2018

 

Exhausted windsurfer rescued by Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew

 

A  windsurfer in difficulties was rescued on Saturday 10th November by the volunteer crew of Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat

The alarm was raised by a  woman who was watching the windsurfer from Lyme Regis beach. When she could not see the windsurfer  for about 10 minutes, she called coastguards.

Lyme Regis lifeboat launched at 1pm and was quickly on scene to assist the exhausted windsurfer. He was taken aboard the lifeboat and returned to the safety of the lifeboat station by 2pm.

This was the 38th emergency call answered by the lifeboat crew so far this year.

 

 

 

2 November 2018

 

Lone sailor rescued after bitterly cold night at sea

 

 

A lone sailor who spent hours at sea in an open boat in bitterly cold conditions was rescued today (Fri) by the volunteer crew of Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat.

The man had been reported in difficulties in a 15ft yacht eleven miles east of the town by Lyme Regis fire chief Virgil Turner who was on a fishing trip.

The man was found to be suffering from the effects of the cold conditions and was taken to Lyme Regis harbour by the lifeboat crew where he was met by an ambulance. He was later taken to hospital.

After getting the man safely ashore, the lifeboat crew returned to the scene and towed the yacht to Lyme Regis harbour.

The lifeboat launched at 8.35am and returned to the boathouse, after two journeys to sea, three and a half hours later.

This was the 37th emergency call answered by the lifeboat crew so far this year.


 

26 October 2018

 

Man rescued by Lyme Regis RNLI crew as sailing boat capsizes

 

A local sailor, Frank Connor, was rescued on Friday 26th October  by the volunteer crew of Lyme Regis RNLI when his sailing boat capsized off Burton Bradstock.

The lifeboat was launched at 11.25am when Solent coastguards alerted the Lyme Regis crew to a report of a man sitting on the hull of his capsized boat.

 

The report to the coastguard came from a dog walker on the beach.  Mr. Connor said “We can all get caught out but thankfully the crew were fantastic, a real good attitude and great manner”

 

The lifeboat crew took Mr. Connor to meet  coastguards in West Bay harbour. Then they returned to right the sailing boat and tow the broken-down vessel to the safety of West Bay harbour and returned to Lyme Regis at 1.30pm.

 

22 October 2018

 

Man and two dogs in speedboat rescued by Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew

 

The skipper of a 16ft speedboat and his two dogs were rescued by the volunteer crew of the Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat this afternoon (Mon) when his vessel broke down two miles off Axmouth.

The lifeboat was launched at 2.26pm and the crew towed the speedboat to the safety of Lyme Regis harbour. This was the 34th emergency call answered by the Lyme Regis volunteers so far this year.

 

 

21 October 2018

 

Coastguards and lifeboat crew aid elderly woman injured after fall on rocks

 

Coastguards and the volunteer crew of Lyme Regis lifeboat went to the aid of a 71 year old woman who fell on rocks during fossil hunting today (Sunday).

The woman, a regular visitor to Lyme Regis from her home in Jersey, was with members of her family, including two grandchildren, when she fell and badly injured her right leg on Monmouth beach west of the town.

Coastguards ashore decided it was not safe to carry the woman across stones and boulders and requested the lifeboat to stand off. The lifeboat was launched at 3.03pmand returned to the boathouse at 4.25pm. A coastguard helicopter took the woman to hospital in Dorchester.

Two lifeboat crew members went ashore to assist coastguards.

The woman’s son said: “We are very grateful for the help my mother received from the coastguards and the lifeboat crew.”

The family did not wish to be named.

 

 

19 October 2018

 

Man rescued by Lyme Regis RNLI crew as fishing boat breaks down
 

Bridport builder Stephen Harwood was rescued this evening (Fri) by the volunteer crew of Lyme Regis RNLI when his fishing boat broke down off Burton Bradstock.

The lifeboat was launched at 5.10pm when Solent coastguards alerted  the Lyme Regis crew to Mr. Harwood’s 16ft fishing vessel, named Seamouse. which had suffered engine failure.

The lifeboat crew towed the broken down vessel to the safety of West Bay harbour and returned to Lyme Regis at 6.30pm.

 

 

13th October 2018

 

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat launches in Storm Callum

 

Lyme Regis lifeboat launched in rough sea conditions on Friday (12 October) to a report of a person in the water near Chesil beach.

The lifeboat volunteer crew responded to a call from the Coastguard following a report of a person in difficulties.

The  crew were contacted by the Coastguard at 3.35pm.  Half an hour  later the crew were stood down when a local coastguard response team reported it was not a person in the water.

The alarm had been raised   by a member of the public and was recorded as a false alarm with good intent.

 

 

10th October 2018                                                                  

 

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew called to ‘children in trouble’

 

Lyme Regis lifeboat launched this afternoon (Thursday 10 October) to a report of a boat drifting with three children aboard.

Lyme Regis lifeboat volunteer crew responded to a call from the Coastguard to a report of a boat with three children being blown off shore near West Bay.

The  crew were contacted by the Coastguard at 3.49pm to assist a reported drifting boat. Twenty minutes later the crew had arrived on scene to find the children had made it safely to shore and all were safe and well.

The call came from a member of the public who thought  the children were struggling against the wind.

If you see someone in trouble at the coast, call 999 and ask for the coastguard

 

10th October 2018                                                                  

Lyme Regis RNLI station – Mayoral visit

Lyme Regis lifeboat hosted Dorset Mayors at the station as part of the Lyme Regis Town Councils Civic Day.
Lyme Regis Town Mayor Michaela Ellis welcomed about 40 Mayors, Chairman, Deputy Mayors and other dignitaries from across the county as part of Civic Day. The notable representatives were taken on a tour of the lifeboat station, the lifeboat and tractor and received a presentation on the importance of training and equipment required for the volunteer crew.

Nick Marks, Lifeboat Operations Manager said, “We were very happy to welcome the representatives from Dorset councils which has enable us to highlight contribution of our volunteers in saving lives at sea, RNLI fundraising and promoting the wider RNLI initiatives for community safety”.

 

10 October 2018 

Tributes are paid to Irene Roper, ‘a passionate volunteer’

 

Tributes have been paid to Irene Roper, former chairman of the Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild, who died during this year’s Lifeboat Week.

Irene was a member of the guild for nine years and chairman for four.

She was passionate about Lifeboat Week, in particular, and it is estimated that during her spell as chairman no less than £156,000 was raised for the RNLI charity.

Irene moved to Lyme Regis from North London eleven years ago. Her partner, David, died three years ago.

Irene had three sons, Matthew, Stuart and Daniel and seven grandchildren.

In April this year it was announced that Irene was to receive the RNLI’s Excellence in Volunteering Award. It will now be accepted by her sister, Maggie and son Daniel at a ceremony in London in November.

Irene was also a supporter of the Royal British Legion.

As her sister, Maggie put it: ”Irene loved volunteering for the RNLI and also worked in the shop.  But she absolutely put her heart and soul into Lifeboat Week.”

 

7 October 2018

Bowls club boosts lifeboat week total

Lifeboat week proceeds for the RNLI charity in Lyme Regis were boosted by £200 today (Sun) when the town’s bowls club presented a cheque during a crew training session.

Club captain Alan Nabarro handed the cheque to the chairman of the Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild, Ken Lavery. The donation was raised during a lifeboat week bowling drive.

 

2 October 2018

Golden wedding couple donate their ‘presents’ to RNLI

 

Donations to the RNLI come in all shapes and sizes and for all sorts of reasons. And every one is greatly appreciated by the charity that saves lives at sea.

The volunteers of the Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew received a cheque recently from Mrs Ann Rawlins living in Borough Green, Kent.

 She wrote:’ I had the dubious pleasure of reaching my 70th birthday recently, and, even more extraordinary, celebrating a golden wedding anniversary!

‘We asked for donations, in lieu of presents, for the RNLI, a much worthier cause than us ! Most of our friends have donated online, thus increasing the donation with gift aid.

‘I am sending the cheque to you as I met my husband, Bryan, when I was eight and he was 11. We were both members of the sailing club in Lyme Regis and he proposed to me at the end of the Cobb !’

Mr. and Mrs. Rawlins were married at Uplyme church and her parents retired to Lyme Regis. Her father, best known as ‘Spud’ Taylor, was commodore of the sailing club.

 

26 September 2018

 

Porsche Marathon

 

A couple who are driving their Porsche 911 to every one of the RNLI’s 238 lifeboat stations made Lyme Regis their 208th destination today (Weds).

Retired builder James Richardson and his interior designer wife Belinda started their marathon trip in London in August and are due to complete the clockwise journey around the whole of the British Isles and Ireland when they reach the Tower lifeboat station on the River Thames at the end of this month.

They are aiming to raise more than £56,000 for the RNLI charity which is £238 per lifeboat station.

James and Belinda met members of the volunteer Lyme Regis crew when they arrived in their brand new Porsche,

James said:” We decided to do our RNLI-911 Challenge in retirement because over the years we have been incredibly impressed by the RNLI’s dedication and selfless actions.It has been an incredible journey and we have met some amazing people.”

James and Belinda received a letter from the private secretary to the Duke of Kent, Nicholas Marden, in which he said  ‘In his fifty years as President of the RNLI the Duke of Kent has sought to visit every lifeboat station, but there are still a handful he has yet to get to. It looks as though you will beat him to it.’

Details of the Richardsons trip can be found at www.rnli-911challenge.co.uk.

 

18 September 2018

 

Lifeboat crew rescue man as dinghy capsizes

 

One man was rescued by the volunteer RNLI crew of Lyme Regis lifeboat when his vessel capsized on Sunday.

The lifeboat was launched at 4.30pm after a concerned onlooker alerted coastguards when he saw the dinghy capsize just outside the harbour.

Two members of the lifeboat crew entered the water to assist the man and right the dinghy.

 

 

15 September 2018                                                                            Lyme Regis

  

‘Exhausted’ yachtsmen  rescued by Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew

 

Two men reported to be exhausted aboard a yacht in storm force wind conditions were rescued by the volunteer RNLI crew of Lyme Regis lifeboat last night. (Friday).

The men, who were sailing from Salcombe to Portsmouth, were in difficulties five miles south west of West Bay.

A lifeboat crew member boarded the 24ft yacht and assisted the men to sail into West Bay harbour.

The lifeboat crew launched at 9.41pm and returned to Lyme Regis at 12.35a.m.

 

 

14 September 2018

 
Council boss joins Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew

 A former RAF officer who is now Operations Manager with Lyme Regis Town Council has joined the crew of the town’s RNLI lifeboat as a Deputy Launching Authority.

As a Flight Lieutenant, Matt Adamson – Drage,46,was an Aerospace Battle Manager with the RAF until retiring last year after 20 years service.

Matt, whose RAF role involved co-ordinating battle situations with other services, including the Royal Marines, said: “I am keen to learn about all aspects of sailing and hope to have my own boat, so it seemed a natural move to volunteer with the RNLI.”

Matt is married to Zishan, deputy town clerk of Axminster, and they have two children, Theo, 4, and Jacob, 7.  Matt’s position with Lyme Regis Town Council was previously held by another member of the lifeboat crew, Elliot Herbert.

 

10 September  2018

Lifeboat Week sets an all-time record with £34,000

Lifeboat Week in Lyme Regis this year has set an all-time record with a final total raised for the lifesaving charity of £34,765.

Members of the organising group, the Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild, along with lifeboat crew members, heard the news from  treasurer Brian Cursley at their meeting last week.

He said: ”It’s a terrific result, and is £5,693 up on donations last year.”

Guild secretary Maggie Sullivan said new events this year had proved very popular and despite poor weather at the beginning – with just one or two events being re-scheduled – it had been an exceptionally successful week.

The meeting heard that the Army’s parachute display team, the Red Devils, had been extremely popular and general feedback from the public had been ’terrific.’

The top ten achievers in relation to donations and participation were the water or wine stall, the programme, fireworks display, breakfast baps, the duck race, Red Devils, the book stall, yard of ale, name the yellow welly dog and the swimming challenge.

Guild chairman Ken Lavery said:  “ The hard work and dedication of all our volunteers has produced a remarkable result  this year and the RNLI – the charity that saves lives at sea - will be proud of their efforts.

“The generosity of all those visitors and residents who donated to our charity must also be praised.

“But there was also sadness, and we pay tribute to Irene Roper, former chairman of the Guild, who died during this year’s Lifeboat Week.

“She worked tirelessly for our charity for several years and was passionate, in particular, about Lifeboat Week. We are delighted that Irene’s  sister, Maggie, is continuing as secretary of the guild because, as Maggie says, that is what Irene would have wished.” 

 

28 August 2018          

RNLI Lyme Regis lifeboat launched to missing swimmer near Burton Bradstock

Lyme Regis lifeboat launched on Saturday afternoon (25 August) to a report of a missing swimmer near Burton Bradstock.  The lifeboat crew were requested to assist  coastguards  searching for the swimmer . The volunteer crew launched at 12.35pm and began a searching along the coast from West Bay to Burton Bradstock. The report from  coastguards was that a man and woman had set off from Freshwater and were swimming to Burton Bradstock. However the woman did not arrive. She was found safe and well by  coastguards carrying out a shoreline search.  The lifeboat returned to station and was ready for further service by 2.00pm.

 

15 August 2018

Lifeboat launched to broken down yacht

The volunteer crew of Lyme Regis’ RNLI lifeboat to-night answered their 22nd call for help so far this year from two men aboard a 21 foot yacht with engine failure.

The crews’ pagers sounded the alarm at 7.25pm, and the lifeboat was quickly alongside the yacht a short distance east of the harbour.

The lifeboat crew towed the yacht to the safety of the pontoons just outside the harbour.

 

 

 

7 August 2018      
                                                      

RNLI Lyme Regis lifeboat assists broken fishing boat 4 miles south of Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis lifeboat launched yesterday (Monday 6 August) to a report of a broken down small fishing vessel.
Lyme Regis lifeboat volunteer crew were tasked to assist the Coastguard with a stranded fishing vessel with two people aboard. The boat was reported to be 4 miles south of Lyme Regis.

The volunteer crew were quick to launch after being contacted by the Coastguard at 6.20pm to assist a fishing boat that had suffered power failure. The inshore lifeboat headed south from Lyme Regis to the position of the stricken vessel. The crew set up a tow and were soon back in Lyme Regis harbour where the casualty boat was recovered. The lifeboat was back in the station by 7.30pm.
Jon Broome, helm of the crew said: 'It was a quick and efficient recovery of the fishing boat and the crew worked well as a team to ensure the safety of the casualty.’
 

 

29 July 2018

 

Fun runners defy wind and rain in Lifeboat Week

 

Fifty hardy competitors took part in the fun run on day two of Lyme Regis’ lifeboat week and defied the wind and rain that caused the postponement of other events.

Competitors ran a 2.3k course along the seafront.

It was a family success for Alexander Thiele, 55, and his son Thomas,8, holidaymakers from Newcastle. Alexander won the adult section of the race and Thomas was the first under nine year old. First over nine  was Jack Braddock, a holidaymaker from near Peterborough.

 

 

28 July 2018

Lifeboat Week first days hit by rain and high winds

Rain and high winds on the opening weekend of Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week caused the postponement of at least two major events.

Today (Saturday) the swimming challenges for adults and children were postponed because of high winds and choppy seas. They will now be held at 7pm and 7.30pm on Friday.

The bathtub race on Sunday was also postponed because of  poor weather in the forecast and will now be held at 6pm on Thursday.

The welcome display by Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat was held today but without the Shannon class lifeboat from Exmouth. Her volunteer crew were called out this morning to assist a 25 foot yacht which had been dismasted. They towed it to safety in West Bay Harbour.

On the way back to Exmouth the lifeboat crew staged a demonstration of the vessels versatility for hundreds on Lyme Regis beach.

Ken Lavery, chairman of the Lifeboat Week organisers said: ”We were sorry to postpone some events, but, of course our paramount concern is the safety of everyone taking part. And the forecast for the rest of the week was good so postponement seemed the best plan.’
INFO:  Swim Challenge and Bath Tub Race postponed
With BIG apologies but due to the inclement weather we have had to postpone today's swimming challenge. The Swimming Challenge will now take place this coming Friday, 3rd August. Registration between 4pm and 6.30pm at the RNLI kiosk on Marine Parade, the adult swimming challenge starts at 7pm, and the children's swimming challenge at 7.30pm.   In addition, the Great Bath Tub Race scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday 29th July will now move to this coming Thursday, 2nd August at 6pm, with registration at 5pm at Cobb Gate. Fingers crossed for better weather for us going forward and thanks for your understanding.

 

25 July 2018

 

Lifeboat launched to two incidents

 

Volunteers at the RNLI lifeboat station in Lyme Regis dealt with two incidents today (Weds).

The lifeboat was launched at 2.36pm after reports that two people were possibly in difficulties on an inflatable and in a kayak 400metres off Freshwater east of Lyme Regis.

The lifeboat crew established that a man and a woman who were both still at sea were safe and not in trouble.

As the lifeboat crew were returning to Lyme Regis harbour they were asked to assist a couple aboard a 42 foot yacht. A mooring chain had wrapped around the rudder. The crew released the chain and then towed the yacht to a safe mooring.

The Lyme Regis RNLI volunteers have now answered 17 calls for help so far this year.

 

 

23 July 2018                                                              

 

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat false alarm

 

Lyme Regis lifeboat launched yesterday evening (Sunday 22 July) to a report of an overturned boat.


Lyme Regis lifeboat volunteer crew responded to a call from the Coastguard to a report of an overturned boat 300m off shore from Monmouth Beach.

 

The volunteer crew were contacted by the Coastguard at 8.30pm to assist a reported capsized boat, 10 minutes later the crew had arrived on scene to find the boat was the correct way up and the owner of the boat was fine!

 

The call came from a member of the public who thought that the boat has capsized.

If you see someone in trouble at the coast, call 999 and ask for the coastguard

 

 

 

 

11 July 2018

Father and son all at sea with the lifeboat
 

A 35 year old paramedic last night qualified as the latest volunteer to become a member of the sea-going crew of Lyme Regis lifeboat.

And on the same day his 17 year old son joined the crew and went to sea in the RNLI lifeboat for the first time.

Mark Ellis, from Uplyme, has been a crew member for two years and has now passed the final part of  his sea-going training.

His son Sam was 17 last month, the youngest age at which a new member can join.  Sam, a 6th form student at Axe Valley Academy, said after his first training session afloat:’ I just loved it !’

Dad Mark, a paramedic with South West Ambulance, added: ‘ I am delighted and relieved to have got through training and very pleased for Sam who has been nagging me to join the crew at the first opportunity when he became 17. And that was only last month! 

 

 

10th July 2018                                                            

Colyton Vintage Tractor run presentation

The volunteer crew of Lyme Regis lifeboat were involved with the Colyton Vintage Tractor run earlier this year. Nearly 120 vintage tractors made their way from Colyton to Uplyme via Whitford, Musbury, Combpyne, Cannington viaduct and Lyme Regis

 

The Colyton Tractor run is an annual event and this year the monies raised was split between the RNLI and The League of Friends Axminster Hospital.

Crew from Lyme Regis were in Uplyme to welcome the participants and drivers on a very hot May bank holiday.

 

Pictured Colyton Vintage Tractor run committee Arthur Parsons, organiser of the Tractor run presenting a donation of £1750 to Seb Cope from Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat station and Kevin Salter presenting a donation of £1750 to Dr Barry McKenna from the League of Friends.

 

 

 

3 July 2018

 

 

Downton Abbey creator to visit Lyme Regis RNLI Lifeboat Week

 

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is to make a guest appearance during the Royal National Lifeboat Institution Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week.  Lord Fellowes of West Stafford, who lives in Dorset and was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Dorset in 2009, will be visiting the town on the fourth day of Lifeboat Week, Tuesday July 31st.

 Lord Fellowes visit to Lifeboat Week will include meeting the  volunteer crew at the lifeboat station and  fundraisers running many of the events on the day.

 Lord Fellowes said: ‘I know the volunteers put a great deal of effort into raising funds for the RNLI charity and I am looking forward to my visit.’

Lifeboat Week, which is organised by the Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild and the lifeboat crew, raises an average of £30,000 each year.

 

 

30 June 2018

 

Couple rescued by Lyme Regis lifeboat crew after speedboat is swamped by waves

 

Plans for a barbecue and a night camping on the beach went disastrously wrong last night  for a young couple.

A man and his girlfriend in their 30s,  from Colyton, were trying to beach their 14ft speedboat when it was swamped by waves and holed on rocks at Charton Bay, west of  Lyme Regis.

They were rescued by the volunteer crew of the Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat after the man raised the alarm with his mobile phone. The lifeboat crew were paged to launch at about 1030pm

The speedboat’s skipper, who did not want to be named, said:’ We both tried for about two hours to get the water out of the boat, but in the end it was a write-off and I had to call for the lifeboat.

“We had set up the barbecue, but I am afraid we never got anything to eat. We were very relieved to see the lifeboat crew who did a great job.’

The couple were taken to safety from the beach by the lifeboat crew who also pumped out the speedboat and towed it into Lyme Regis harbour at 1145pm

 

 

25 June 2018

Lyme Regis RNLI crew assist coastguards at powerboat incident

The volunteer crew of  the Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat were  yesterday called to assist following reports of a powerboat incident at West Bay.

The incident occurred during  an offshore circuit powerboat racing event.  The lifeboat crew were alerted at 2.30pm and arrived 15 minutes later at West Bay harbour to assist coastguards, the Devon and Cornwall Air Ambulance and the police.

 

 

18 June 2018

RNLI thanks supporters as lifeguard tower arrives

The RNLI has thanked supporters who backed its request to install a new, modernised  look-out tower on Lyme Regis beach this summer.

The tower arrived this week ready for the lifeguards who will be operating from July 7 until September.

Nigel Jones, the RNLI’s Area Lifesaving Manager for Torbay to Weymouth, said: ’The RNLI would like to  express its sincerest gratitude for all the local support for the establishment of a new lifeguard tower in Lyme Regis.

‘The new, temporary tower replaces the old unit which was at the end of its operational life and provides significant improvements for the delivery of the lifeguard service in Lyme Regis, including vastly improved visibility.  The lifeguards can now see over a very crowded beach to the water and beyond to the harbour wall which is a popular location for youngsters jumping into the sea.

‘It is also a more conspicuous facility which provides an extremely useful first aid and information service and a focal point for lost children, plus better more modern welfare facilities for the lifeguards.

‘Now that it is installed we are pleased how smart and professional it looks and our lifeguards are extremely excited about conducting their duties from it.’

The tower will be removed at the end of the season in September.

 

10 June 2018                                                             

 

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat rescues eight divers

 

Lyme Regis lifeboat launched yesterday morning to a report of a broken down 6 metre dive boat.
Lyme Regis lifeboat volunteer crew were tasked to assist the Coastguard with a stranded diving vessel with eight people aboard.

The volunteer crew were contacted by the Coastguard at 11.45am to assist a dive boat that had suffered power failure. The Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat headed south from Lyme Regis for approximately 3 miles to the position of the stricken vessel. The crew set up a tow and returned the boat with the divers to the safety of Lyme Regis harbour.

Peter Glanvill, Chairman from The Lyme Bay Sub Aqua Club said “We enjoyed a fantastic dive photographing the marine life on the wreck ‘Heroine’ with club members and some divers visiting from Leicester but it was a tad embarrassing when the engine would not start! We are extremely grateful to the RNLI for arriving so promptly and towing us back to Lyme.”

Lifeboat helm Tom Wallis said: 'The crew were very proficient which enabled a quick recovery for the divers and their boat”

 

 

7 June 2018

Mystery of the yellow welly dog’s missing eyes

 

Someone, it seems, has taken a shine to the eyes of the yellow welly dog that has become a major attraction outside the RNLI lifeboat shop in Lyme Regis.

Shop manager Krys Lavery discovered both eyes were missing and called in the dog’s creator lifeboat crew member Garry Gibbs.

Garry performed complicated ‘surgery’ and the dog is now back on duty…on loan to the RNLI stand  at the Royal Cornwall Show where he is advising dog owners how to keep safe during cliff top  walkies.

Garry said: ’The eyes were not valuable, just glass beads from one of my wife’s old necklaces.’

With the help of Krys Lavery, Garry chose a pair of silver ‘spangly’ beads from another necklace and restored the dog’s appearance.

Now Garry needs just two more pairs of worn – out RNLI wellies to start work on a friend for his original creation.

The yellow welly dog will be the subject of a naming competition during Lifeboat Week in Lyme Regis, starting on July 28.

 

 

3 June 2018

Lifeboat in search for ‘missing man’

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat was launched this evening (June 3) to assist police and coastguards in a search for an elderly man reported missing.

The volunteer lifeboat crew launched at 6.20pm  and carried out a widespread shoreline search stretching from Golden Cap in the east to Monmouth beach in the west.

Coastguards stood down the lifeboat crew after almost two hours when nothing had been found.

This was the 12th emergency call answered by the volunteer Lyme Regis RNLI crew so far this year.

 

 

8 May 2018

 

Lyme Regis RNLI Lifeboat launched in search for missing person
 

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat was launched at 2.15am this morning (8th May) to assist in the search for a person reported missing in the Golden Cap/West Bay area.

The volunteer lifeboat crew conducted a shoreline search from West Bay to Golden Cap. The lifeboat crew were working together with the local coastguard and police teams. No evidence of the original missing person was found, and coastguards stood the lifeboat crew down at 3.30am

Remember if you see or hear someone in distress in the water, call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

 

29 April 2018

 

Penny farthing pair cycle for charity

 

Penny farthing enthusiasts and football fans Seb Cope and his father Alistair cycled from Derby County’s ground to Aston Villa at the weekend for a charity close to their hearts.

Seb, 35, a member of the RNLI lifeboat crew in Lyme Regis, and Alistair, 59, from Seaton, raised more than £200 for the Aston Villa Foundation community charity during their 50-mile cycle ride.

Seb, whose great, great grandfather was born just yards from Villa Park, said:”We cycled on roads, paths and canal towpaths and had a greet reception from people along the way, and especially football fans.”

On the way to Aston Villa the pair stopped at the National Arboretum where Seb paid his respects at the RNLI memorial.

At the end of their journey they watched Aston Villa draw 1-1 with Derby County.

Seb and Alistair regularly organise vintage cycle events, and the next one, Velo Vintage, is at Seaton on June 30. For details go to www.velovintage.co.uk

 

 

25 March 2018                                                                       

 

 

RNLI Lyme Regis lifeboat assists broken fishing boat 30 miles south-west of Portland

 

Lyme Regis lifeboat launched this morning (Sunday 25 March) during a training session to a report of a 6 metre broken fishing vessel.

Lyme Regis lifeboat volunteer crew were tasked to assist the Coastguard with a stranded fishing vessel with two people aboard. The boat was reported to be 30 miles south-west from Portland.

 The volunteer crew were on a routine training session when contacted by the Coastguard at 9.50am to assist a fishing boat that had suffered power failure. The Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat headed south from Lyme Regis for approximately 18 miles to the position of the stricken vessel. The crew set up a tow and 2 hours later were back by West Bay where the helm of the lifeboat Jon Broome had to carefully negotiate manoeuvring around the dredging machine currently in the harbour.

 Dave from North Devon, one of the rescued men said: ‘We were so relieved to see the lifeboat heading towards us and we are very grateful for our safe recovery.’

 Jon Broome, helm of the crew said: 'It was a great opportunity to put the training into action and the crew worked well as a team to recover the boat and men safely.’

 
 

24 February 2018
ADDITIONAL
The Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat was launched twice again this afternoon, Sat 24th February, to search the West Bay area. Nothing was found. In total the crew were at sea for about four hours this afternoon

24 February 2018
Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat launched twice in night

After returning to the lifeboat station at 11.45pm last night (Friday 23rd), the volunteer crew launched again at 02.15 this morning to continue the search for the reported missing man.

Senior helm Tim Edwards, in the operations room at the lifeboat station, said: ‘After a report from the police helicopter we were asked to carry out a search about 300metres off the West Bay piers, but found nothing.

‘Our four crew members then waited in the West Bay coastguard station for the arrival of the coastguard helicopter. We then resumed the search at about 5am, but it was called off around an hour later.’

 

24 February 2018
 

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat launched in search for ‘missing man’

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat was launched last night (Fri 23rd) to assist following reports of a man missing in the West Bay area.

Solent coastguards requested the lifeboat crew to carry out a shoreline search in the West Bay, Eype, Freshwater and Seatown areas.

The lifeboat was launched at 9.26pm. Nothing was found and the volunteer lifeboat crew were stood down after searching in bitterly cold conditions for two hours. The lifeboat crew returned to Lyme Regis harbour at 11.45pm

 

31 January 2018

Georgia joins the volunteers of Lyme Regis RNLI

A 23 year old general manager has become only the fourth woman ever to join the volunteer crew of the RNLI lifeboat  in Lyme Regis.

Lyme-born Georgia Robson has enrolled as shore crew and is now attending regular training sessions at the lifeboat station on the Cobb.

Georgia, a former Woodroffe School pupil, aims eventually to become a sea-going crew member. She enjoys regular trips with her ex-Royal Marine father Jim, in his four metre RiB (rigid inflatable boat).

Georgia applied to join after meeting members of the crew at last year’s Remembrance Day parade.

“I have always enjoyed the sea, and after talking to crew members it just seemed  natural to apply to join them. I am thoroughly enjoying the camaraderie during training sessions.”

Georgia is general manager with Tukxi Ltd, an Axminster firm which imports and converts Tuk Tuk auto rickshaws.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks, said: ‘Georgia follows Grace and Shona and now joins Nikky and we are delighted to welcome her aboard.’

 

 

How Garry turned old wellies into a fun fund raiser

What to do with the Lyme Regis lifeboat crews' worn out yellow wellies was the puzzle for long serving RNLI volunteer Garry Gibbs. Landscape gardener Garry took the redundant footwear home to his workshop.

And 8 hours and 7 boots later the result was a dog-shaped model which will become a star attraction during lifeboat week this summer.

Garry, a member of the lifeboat crew for 22 years, said " A dog seemed the obvious answer to the recycling issue with the old wellies. I hope to make another animal when more old wellies become available.”  Now, organisers of Lyme Regis lifeboat week - starting on July 28 - are planning to run a competition to name this very rare breed and to raise funds for the RNLI charity.

 

 

 

2 January 2018

Lifeboat launched to ‘three cut off by tide’

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat was launched yesterday (New Year’s Day) when coastguards were alerted that possibly up to three people had been cut off by the tide on the beach between Lyme Regis and Charmouth.
The volunteer crews’ pagers sounded the alarm at 4.20pm and the lifeboat crew were quickly on the scene east of the harbour. It was soon established that one man was involved and was able to leave the beach, making his own way to safety.  He  was then met by coastguards ashore and the lifeboat crew were stood down. 


  2017

 

10 December 2017

 

Lifeboat crew tributes at Christmas party

 

An award for 30 years’ voluntary service, tongue-in-cheek tributes and a Christmas dinner all contributed to the success of the Lyme Regis lifeboat crew’s annual presentation party last night (Saturday).

Some 50 people – RNLI crew members, their friends and family – attended the event at the Harbour Inn.

Among the awards were the White Star Line award to helm Mark Colley, the Watch Your Language award to John Bird and the Bent Propeller trophy to Brian Street.

Consultant surgeon Ken Lavery, who is a Deputy Launching Authority, received a photograph of himself on the ground – not needing hospital treatment ! –after failing to clear a fence during  a crew visit to an Exeter Chiefs rugby match.

Most popular award of the night, receiving a standing ovation, was to  postman Andrew Rice who has just completed 30 years as a volunteer member of the lifeboat crew




1 December 2017

 

School visits to lifeboat station are a hit with youngsters

 

The RNLI’s lifeboat station in Lyme Regis is becoming a regular favourite for organised  visits, particularly by school parties from a wide area.

The latest visitors (yesterday, Thurs)  were 44 nine to ten year olds from Wheatley primary school in Oxford.

The youngsters visited the station during their stay at Hooke Court, the residential field study centre near Beaminster.

They heard a talk by volunteer Deputy Launching Authority Ian Marshall who told them about the way the RNLI works and discussed beach and water safety. He also gave them a guided tour of the lifeboat station and the lifeboat itself.

Mr Marshall said: ”We are always pleased to welcome school parties. It is a great opportunity to stress safety issues for the youngsters when they are enjoying themselves in or near the sea. It also gives them the chance to ask me some tricky questions !”

A party visit can be organised by leaving a message for Mr. Marshall on the lifeboat station telephone number 01297  442230.

 

 

 

27th September 2017                                                             

 

Lyme Regis lifeboat rescues 5 teenagers

 

Lyme Regis lifeboat launched in early hours to rescue 5 teenagers from stricken yacht.

Lyme Regis lifeboat was requested to launch to assist a 35' sailing yacht that had broken free from its mooring off Lyme harbour at 2.45am this morning (Wed). The sailing boat had drifted towards the shore and ran aground on the beach near Lucy's Ledge in Lyme Regis. There were seven people on board including five teenagers. 

The lifeboat launched and was alongside the casualty vessel 15 minutes after the Coastguard requested the launch. The five teenagers were rescued off the casualty boat and taken to the lifeboat station, all were safe and well with no injuries.

The volunteer crew of the lifeboat then returned to the casualty vessel and managed to tow the boat away from the beach back to a mooring.

The boat was a Tradewind 35 sailing yacht called TS Vigilant, part of the Sea Cadets fleet. The boat and crew were on route from Plymouth to Poole, stopping at Lyme Regis for the night. The five Sea Cadets were from the London and Birmingham areas.

Helm Tim Edwards said "I was pleased we were able to get the teenagers to safety of the lifeboat station and then recover the casualty vessel from trouble. The lifeboat crew performed really well and the all the training we do was put to good use!"

 

18th September 2017                                                             

 
Lifeboat crew awards for volunteer service

Members of the RNLI crew in Lyme Regis and their families and friends got together at the town’s Powerboat Club (last Saturday) for the traditional end of season party and for presentations to former volunteers.

 

Ritchie Durrant received an award for seven years  service as a member of the crew. He is the nephew of former crew member Dave Street and current helm Brian Street  Ritchie completed part of his Duke of Edinburgh's award with the lifeboat at the age of 14 before signing up as volunteer crew at 17.. He said: “It is the best thing I have ever done and I miss it tremendously. You learn so much from the other members of the crew and there is something about the respect you gain for the sea”

 

Local builder Dave Street received his award for 24 years  service, 14 of which were as helm. During his service with Lyme Regis RNLI the lifeboat rescued 74 people..

 

Outgoing Lifeboat Management Group Chairman John Dover received an award for nearly nine years service, first as lifeboat treasurer, then Deputy Launching Authority and finally chairman of the LMG. A letter from the RNLI’s Operations Director George Rawlinson, referred to Mr Dover’s ‘time, commitment and sheer hard work.’

 

 

 

25 July 2017

 

Family of four and dog rescued as yacht sinks

 

A family of four and their labrador dog were rescued this evening (Tuesday) by the volunteer crew of Lyme Regis lifeboat after their yacht was swamped by waves and sank at Charton Bay, west of Lyme.

The yacht was being sailed from Lyme Regis  by Joe Coles,56,from East Coker, Yeovil. Also on board were his wife Tania, sons Theo,9, Hector,19, and their 14 month old Labrador Suki.

Mr Coles said: ”We had been having a picnic and were close to shore.  Suki would not get on the boat. We got out of the boat to get the dog and two big waves hit the yacht and pretty much sank it.

“We were all safely ashore but wet and cold, and very pleased when we saw the lifeboat. The whole thing was Suki’s fault, really.”

The family had left Lyme in the 18 foot vessel, called Llewellyn, just as the Red Devils were giving their display as part of Lifeboat Week.

The  lifeboat crew brought the family back to the safety of Lyme Regis. Later it was decided it was too unsafe to tow the stricken yacht back to Lyme Regis. The lifeboat crew secured the yacht by anchor a quarter of a mile off Pinhay Bay. This was the 13th shout for the Lyme Regis crew so far this year.

The lifeboat had launched from the slipway at 6.50p.m.just as the Lifeboat Week charity auction was under way in the boathouse.

But later the water polo match between the lifeboat crew and the lifeguards was affected by a shortage of players. A depleted lifeboat crew team lost by a large margin, according to players.

 

 

Lifeboat volunteers – their dramatic life and times in a new book

The life and times of Lyme Regis lifeboat men and women – and  the lifeboats themselves – are captured in a new book from the RNLI and due to be launched on 22 July, the first day of this year’s Lifeboat Week.

Written by the lifeboat station’s volunteer press officer, retired newspaper and BBC journalist Richard Horobin, the fully illustrated book is  part of the charity’s  history book project.

It tells how a makeshift lifeboat service started in the town in 1826, and how a Christmas tragedy led to  Lyme Regis getting a ‘proper’ lifeboat, powered by sails and oars, 27 years later.

With much help from local historians and lifeboat supporters, the author has brought to life a fascinating collection of stories about dedicated volunteers who ran a lifeboat service in the town, despite all the odds, over a period of nearly 160 years. How they would row the lifeboat for hours to reach a stricken vessel….no twin 115hp engines such as power today’s lifeboat.

There is the crew member who was shipwrecked eight times as a mariner; the coxswain who served the lifeboat for 34 years and was famed for his strength, picking up a man with one arm and placing him on a table. He also salvaged a huge barrel of alcohol from a shipwreck and carried it single handed up a cliff !

The story of an MP who vanished without trace over Lyme Bay after being trapped in a hot air balloon makes incredible reading. The dramatic episode when a ship was torpedoed by a German submarine a short distance from Lyme Regis harbour, and yet had  an amusing twist amid the tragedy and chaos.

And in more recent times the amazing survival of a couple whose helicopter crashed into Lyme Bay in dense fog;  the tragic tale of the severely disabled woman whose wheelchair fell into Lyme Regis harbour and the desperate attempts made to save her.

There are the lighter moments, too, such as the crew Christmas dinner when the annual awards are presented…including the Bent Propeller trophy !

The story of Lifeboat Week,  from the early 70s, includes the ditching of a Navy helicopter in the sea, which wasn’t part of the event, although the hundreds who witnessed it thought it was.

The new book will be available from the lifeboat shop on the Cobb and other outlets in the town, from 22 July price £8.95 with all proceeds going to the RNLI,  the  charity that saves lives at sea.

 

 

 

6 April 2017

   

Fund-raisers boost RNLI charity by £65,000

 

Volunteer fund-raisers in Lyme Regis and Charmouth boosted the RNLI’s income by more than £65,000 last year.

Members of the local fund-raising arm of the RNLI – the Lyme Regis and Charmouth  RNLI Guild - received the news at their annual meeting last night (Weds) when treasurer Brian Cursley delivered his report.

The total included a variety of events and donations as well as £27,000 raised during  lifeboat week.

Chairman Irene Roper said it had been a record breaking year and she had been heartened by the many messages of congratulations received from the public during and after lifeboat week.

Volunteer manager of the lifeboat shop, Krys Lavery, said the outlet had taken £122,000 and was the sixth best performing shop in the UK.

In his annual report to guild members, Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks said volunteer crew members had answered 27 calls for help last year and were credited with saving three lives.

He said there now appeared to be a familiar pattern of emergencies – almost half of calls for help were from people getting into difficulty ashore when out walking and cut off by the tide or falling on rocks.  The other half were incidents involving boating, fishing and surfing.

Guest speaker was Nigel Jones, the RNLI’s Area Lifesaving Manager, who told guild members about many changes throughout the organisation’s structure and the aim to reduce drownings around the coast.

Volunteer press officer Richard Horobin gave members a brief preview of his book on the history of lifeboats and lifeboat people in Lyme Regis.  The book is due to be published in time for this year’s lifeboat week which starts on July 22nd.

 

 

 

21st February 2017

 

TV presenter Jeremy Kyle popped into Lyme Regis lifeboat station during Sunday morning's training session and met the RNLI crew. He said he was very impressed with the RNLI volunteers and that his mother used to be  a volunteer in the lifeboat shop on the Cobb..  He said he liked Lyme very much and that he had his first birthday in the town some 50 years ago and has been visiting the resort ever since. 

 

 

17 February 2017

Ex - Army chief joins the RNLI lifeboat crew in Lyme Regis
                           

A retired Lieutenant Colonel with the Royal Engineers has joined the volunteer management team of the RNLI in Lyme Regis.

Mike McAlpine, 61, served in many trouble spots including Kuwait, where he commanded a construction squadron involved in the restoration of essential facilities to Kuwait City immediately after the unsuccessful invasion by Iraq, and the ‘clean up’ of unexploded bombs and landmines.

Mike, a chartered civil  engineer and graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast, spent 20 years in the Royal Engineers, had two spells in the Falklands and commanded a regiment in Northern Ireland for three years before becoming the technical authority for UK counter landmine warfare.  Mike, married to Karen with three daughters, moved to Lyme Regis from Dalwood, near Axminster, in 2014.

His last job was with BP in Iraq where he was involved in opening up the second largest oilfield in the world at Rumaila, south of Basra.

Mike, a keen sailor with his Yachtmaster ‘ticket’ has become a DLA – Deputy Launching Authority – at Lyme Regis lifeboat station.  He said: “I spent a lot of time on the water and it was always comforting to know the RNLI was there if necessary.  Since I missed the camaraderie of the military, I thought I would offer my voluntary services to the RNLI and I am thoroughly enjoying it.”

A member of Lyme Regis Golf Club, Mike chairs the Axminster Hospital Community Hub Steering Group and was a founder member of the Axminster Patient Group.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks said: “We welcome Mike to the management team.  His wealth of experience will be an asset, and his arrival has added even more strength to the Lyme Regis crew.”

 

 

13 January 2017

 

Top surgeon joins Lyme Regis RNLI crew

 

A leading cancer surgeon has joined the volunteer crew of the RNLI lifeboat in Lyme Regis.

Mr Ken Lavery, a retired  head and neck surgeon, has joined the local RNLI team as a Deputy Launching Authority (DLA).

Mr Lavery, 67,who recently retired as lead surgeon and Medical Director at Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, West Sussex, is married to Krys who manages the team of volunteers running the successful RNLI charity shop on the Cobb.  They met at the hospital where Krys was a senior ward sister and have two sons.

Scots-born Mr Lavery is a qualified Yachtmaster and has strong family connections with the RNLI.  Both his grandfather and great grandfather were volunteers with the lifeboat at Campbeltown that covers  the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland.  Mr Lavery said: “I am thoroughly enjoying my involvement with the lifeboat crew in Lyme Regis.  “They are clearly a dedicated team and the camaraderie is very similar to that which I found when I was involved in rugby.”

 

 

 

9 January 2017

Dave is ‘dunked’ as he retires from Lyme Regis RNLI

One of the longest-serving members of the volunteer crew of the RNLI lifeboat in Lyme Regis, Dave Street,  has retired because of work commitments.

Dave, 48, served for 22 years, starting as trainee shore crew and becoming one of the team of helmsmen 15 years ago.

Dave joined the crew for two main reasons. He was working as a barman in the Cobb Arms when he overheard crew members saying they were short of volunteers. “The other reason was more personal “ said Dave. “A cousin of mine drowned at Bournemouth and I thought if there was anything I could do to prevent such accidents then joining the RNLI was it.”

Dave, a self-employed builder, added: “Of course I shall miss taking the lifeboat out, and the camaraderie with the crew.  But I won’t lose touch with all my old colleagues.”

Dave’s last voluntary duty with the crew was helping out with safety at the Lyme Lunge on New Year’s Day.

And his lifeboat colleagues gave him a thoroughly wet send off with a ceremonial dunking in the sea.

 

 

8 January 2017
 

Ordeal in the dark for broken leg victim rescued by lifeboat crew

A man who broke his leg after slipping on rocks staggered and crawled for three quarters of a mile for more than two hours in the dark before he was found by a lifeboat crew and his worried wife.

Tim Robinson,54, fell during a walk at about 4.30pm yesterday (Sat) on the beach under Golden Cap, east of Lyme Regis.

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew launched at 7.10pm to assist coastguards in a search for Mr Robinson.  They located him during a shoreline search eight minutes later.

Two first-aid trained  crew members, Tom Crabbe and Tom Wallis, went ashore to help coastguards assess Mr Robinson’s condition.  Meanwhile   the lifeboat returned to Lyme Regis to pick up three further crew to steady the vessel in the surf when it was beached to take Mr Robinson aboard.

Mr. Robinson’s wife, Paula, who raised the alarm,  started to walk along the beach from Seatown looking for her husband.

She said: ”Luckily, Tim had a torch but no mobile phone. I saw a flicker of light and thought it must be him. But I picked up a rock, just in case it wasn’t  !”

 Jon Broome, who was in charge of the lifeboat for his first ‘shout’ since qualifying as a helm, said: ”It was a very well organised rescue by all involved. It seems Mr. Robinson used sticks  to help him stagger and crawl towards Seatown after the injury.”

From his hospital bed in Dorchester Mr Robinson, who is a full time member of the Territorial Army, said: ”I just slipped on a rock and have two fractures of the right leg.  Everyone who helped me was just terrific.”

Mr Robinson was taken aboard the lifeboat to a waiting ambulance at Lyme Regis harbour. The lifeboat returned at 8.49pm

Mr and Mrs Robinson, from the Derby area, had been staying in Bridport on a short holiday.


 

 

 September 2016                                                                            Lyme Regis
 

Christening makes history at lifeboat station


Christening at Lyme Regis Lifeboat StationHistory was made at Lyme Regis lifeboat station today when the town’s vicar conducted a christening service for two children of an RNLI volunteer and his wife.

Six months old Lottie and five years old Millie-Rose, whose father  Elliott Herbert is a lifeboat helm, were christened by the Rev. Jane Skinner during a service in the boathouse with a congregation of some 70 family, friends and lifeboat crew members. It is thought to be the first time a christening service has been held at any of the town’s   lifeboat stations since the lifeboat service began in Lyme Regis in 1826.

A ship’s bell, which has hung in the lifeboat station since it opened in 1997, was used as a font during the service.

The bell, from a 100,000 ton oil tanker, was presented to Fred Day, former honorary secretary at the lifeboat station, when he retired from BP.  He in turn presented it to the RNLI to mark the opening of the Lyme Regis lifeboat station.

Proud dad Elliott Herbert said: ”Lifeboats and lifeboat people have been such an important part of our lives that Laura and I thought it would be appropriate, and great fun, to hold the christening at the lifeboat station surrounded by many of the people who are vital to the success of the work of the RNLI.”

The Rev Jane Skinner said: “It was a joy to conduct the service at the lifeboat station, and it was the first time I had used a magnificent ship’s bell as a font.”

God parents to Millie-Rose are Lyme Regis lifeboat helm Murray Saunders, Oliver Mallinson, Operations Manager (Lifeboats) at  RNLI headquarters in Poole, and Emma Darke, and God parents to Lottie are William Elwood, helm with the Tower lifeboat in London and crew Assessor/Trainer and Nicola Davis and Gemma Dunford.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 



Not the crews usual mode of transport!


Don't get cut off by the tide


Nick Marks, Lifeboat Operations Manager said
“We would encourage any visitor to the area to check tide times before walking along the beach, either Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre or Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre. It is very important to check.”
 

If you see anyone in trouble in the sea,
call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

 

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LIFEBOAT WEEK 2021

Saturday July 24th - Friday July 31st 2021

 

 


LIFEBOAT WEEK 2018
 raised £34,000
 

 
 

 

Lifeboat Week 2017 was a great success!

Lifeboat Week 2017 raised £30,000

 

 

Porsche Marathon 

 

How a yellow welly and a penny farthing set out to boost lifeboat charity  ....More

 

Rescue helicopter exercises with lifeboat crew and coastguards ....More

 

 

 

Georgia joins the volunteers of Lyme Regis RNLI

 

Lifeboat book signing

 

 


Coastal Review team visits Lyme Regis RNLI
....More

Sir Tim Laurence with Krys Lavery, RNLI shop manager

 

TV presenter Jeremy Kyle visits ....More

 Jeremy Kyle with Lyme Regis Lifeboat Crew

 

Store donates a Fat £600 to Lyme Regis lifeboat  ....More


Shop volunteers praised for dedication to lifeboat charity  ....More

Charmouth swim is a crowd puller ...More

 

Supermarket boosts lifeboat funds


Tesco donation to RNLI

 

Nikky qualifies for the lifeboat crew 

Nikky qualifies for RNLI

Lifeboat Week Bathtub race
Arrows Cheque


‘Unique’ rug is latest auction lot


Archie, 11, wins school contest for lifeboat charity


 
Lifeboat Week musician Jimmy Purvis dies, aged 91
 

A lifeboatman called ‘Myrtle’ leaves the crew after 15 years 


Farewell party for RNLI stalwart

 

 

Harry,8, visits his 111th lifeboat station…in Lyme Regis

 

Shooting club target RNLI for donation

Former nurse Krys now takes  care of the lifeboat shop

 

Stormtroopers, elves and avocados take to the sea on Christmas Day at Charmouth

Hot toddy for the Christmas Day swimmers

Murray marries            Photo: Matt Austin

Two rescued from rocks say ‘thanks’ with £200 donation

Seventy five years of lifeboat service recognised with awards

Nikky is lifeboat crew newest recruit.

Walkers and dog cut off by tide rescued by Lyme Regis lifeboat crew ...

Lifeguards on duty - it must be summer!

Lifeboat launched to grandfather ‘in need of medical help’

 
Duke of Kent makes it a right royal occasion for Lyme Regis RNLI volunteers
The Duke of Kent meets members of the crew

 

Pottery donation boost for RNLI
Rotary cheque says ‘thanks’ to lifeboat crew
 
 
Big search launched after yacht found on beach

Fire chief calls the lifeboat out...to a fire on his boat


 

 High flyers ...the Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew members flanked  by two of the RAF Falcons.

How the Falcons made it a day
 to remember for Tom 

 

Lost Atlantic sailors remembered at Lyme service



 

£1M support helps fund local RNLI lifesaver


 

Cafe owner’s second cheque for RNLI
 
 
Coastguards row to victory in gig race...More
 
 
Thanks from the lifeboat to bowlers
 
 
Rotary and chef boost lifeboat charity funds


Chef Mark Hix and the head chef at his Lyme Regis restaurant, Lin Pidsley, aboard the lifeboat.
 
 
 

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Lyme Regis RNLI volunteer crew run to the rescue in new YouTube film

 

Royal National Lifeboat Institution volunteer crew members from Lyme Regis  feature in a new YouTube film created to raise awareness of the RNLI and its lifesaving gifts – gifts that provide a vital source of funds for the charity. The film highlights the extraordinary work of ordinary people, RNLI lifeboat volunteers who are ready to drop everything 24/7 to answer the call for help. click here to watch

 

Thanks from pair trapped by tide

Debbi Cummins and her husband Mark thank two of the RNLI crewmen Jon Broome (left) and Martin Croad after they were rescued by helicopter when they were cut off by the tide.
See pic below


Lifeboat joins search
for missing man 


Jubilee medals for the lifeboat volunteers

 


Rosie, the harbourmaster’s dog, is children's’ book ‘star’

 


Canine collector Sam gets RNLI award

 

Rob and the secret party

Two crew members at the RNLI lifeboat station in Lyme Regis have just joined the ranks of helmsmen.  Elliot Herbert and Martin – best known by his nickname of ‘Myrtle’ – Croad .....

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RNLI Supporter of the Year

Former RNLI shop manager in Lyme Regis, Mrs Alix Fairley, was voted RNLI Supporter of the Year after the tiny store on The Cobb returned  a record turnover and became the best-performing of all 30 shops in the south-west and fifth in the entire country. 

Alix is pictured with the trophy presented to her at The Barbican in London by Prince Michael of Kent. On the left is the new manager of the shop, Brian Cursley who was also invited to the RNLI’s annual presentation event. Alix said: ”It was a truly memorable occasion, and I was delighted with the award which of course is a tribute to all the marvellous volunteers who helped me run the shop. Prince Michael was very friendly and asked us to pass on his good wishes to everyone in Lyme Regis.” Alix was a volunteer at the shop for some five years before handing over the reins to Brian Cursley at the end of last year. 

A Selection of Lyme Regis Lifeboat Rescues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 

 
 
 

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