Four people rescued from sinking speedboat by RNLI crew
Three men and a woman were rescued by the crew of the Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat when their speedboat sank off Charmouth.
The incident on Sunday evening happened shortly after the lifeboat had towed a broken down RIB, or rigid inflatable boat with eight people aboard into West Bay Harbour.
Coastguards ashore, who had helped with the first incident, spotted the sinking speedboat and raised the alarm.
The lifeboat volunteers were changing out of their drysuits in the lifeboat station when the second emergency call came through, and were able to launch again in two minutes.
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Lifeboat helmsman Elliott Herbert said: “When we arrived on scene all four people were in the water and the speedboat was just visible above the surface.
“Needless to say they were pleased to see us.”
All four were taken to the lifeboat station, cold and wet but otherwise unharmed.
After taking the four adults to the lifeboat station, the crew returned to the scene to recover the 16 foot lifeboat and beached it outside the harbour.