The IRT was tasked to reports from a concerned member of the public who had seen two swimmers, possibly in difficulty, off Lyme Regis town beach. The RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched but was unable to reach the swimmer due to the sea state. On arrival at the scene, it was discovered that the the one of the swimmers regularly swims in the lee of the harbour and was safe and well. He was well prepared with full body ‘steamer’ wetsuit, neoprene gloves and boots. The ‘999’ call to the emergency services suggested that the other swimmer, who was only wearing shorts, was going to the assistance of the other gentleman. This was not the case and he came out of the water when he realised the sea was too rough. The initial call was considered a false alarm with good intent.
2012 Incident #10 18.04.12 0653UTC #1068