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

Lifeboats News Release

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 before his haircut with two of his rescuers Lyme Regis RNLI volunteer helms Tim Edwards (left) and Murray Saunders.

RNLI/Richard Horobin

Archie, before his haircut, with two of his rescuers Lyme Regis RNLI volunteer helms Tim Edwards (left) and Murray Saunders

Archie Woollacott, from Fishpond, Dorset, had his hair shaved off today to raise donations for the RNLI volunteers from Lyme Regis who saved him and his schoolfriend, 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'Alberlansin wielded the electric razor.

Archie reckons he raised some £300 with his haircut and a cake sale 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.

Archie's haircut under way.

RNLI/Richard Horobin

Archie's haircut under way.
Archie and his hair (un) dresser find it all too much. Or too little.

RNLI/Richard Horobin

Archie and his hair (un) dresser find it all too much. Or too little.

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