2008 Incident # 26.05.08 1622UTC

Coastguards requested the launch of the Lyme Regis RNLI inshore lifeboat rescue a lone sailor whose small sailing dinghy had capsized in strong winds just off Charmouth Beach.  When the lifeboat arrived on the scene the crew found that the man had abandoned his dinghy and swam ashore with the assistance of a retired coastguard who had spotted him from the beach.  A member of the lifeboat crew swam ashore to check whether or not the casualty had any injuries and to await the arrival of the local coastguard unit.  A Coastguard rescue helicopter remained in the vicinity until it was known that the casualty did not require airlifting to hospital.  The lifeboat then returned to Lyme Regis to pick up an additional crew member returning to the capsized yacht which, together with its mast and sail, was lifted aboard the lifeboat and taken back to Lyme Regis harbour.


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