Lyme Lifeboat crew rescues town’s fire chief

Lyme lifeboat tows the fire cheif's boat to the safety of the harbour

Lyme lifeboat tows the fire cheif's boat to the safety of the harbour - Credit: Archant

Firefighter Virgil Turner sends out a Mayday after his boat’s pump fails

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew answered a Mayday call today (Tuesday, November 2) from the town’s fire chief.

Virgil Turner was fishing from his 21ft open sports boat when it began to take on water a quarter of a mile offshore between Lyme Regis and Charmouth.

The pump on Mr Turner’s boat, ‘At Last 11’, failed and the lifeboat crew used their salvage pump to control the water level, before towing the vessel back to harbour at around 9am.

Deputy Launching Authority at the lifeboat station, Adrian Ragbourne, said: ”This was a very fast and efficient rescue. Mr Turner did exactly the right thing in issuing a Mayday call and he was very grateful for the prompt actions of our volunteer crew.”


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