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Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat rescues eight divers

Lifeboats News Release

Lyme Regis lifeboat launched yesterday morning (Sunday 10 June) 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”

Towing the dive boat

RNLI/Seb Cope

Towing the dive boat
Volunteer crew preparing to tow

RNLI/Seb Cope

Volunteer crew preparing to tow

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