Lyme Regis lifeboat crew to feature in flagship BBC show

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: GETTING KNOTTED: Crew member Murray Saunders demonstrates his knots expertise to presenter Paul Martin with long-serving crew member Colin Jones GETTING KNOTTED: Crew member Murray Saunders demonstrates his knots expertise to presenter Paul Martin with long-serving crew member Colin Jones

THE CREW of the RNLI’s Lyme Regis lifeboat will feature in flagship BBC One antiques show Flog It! following a visit by the production team to the town.

Lyme Regis received a visit from the show’s production team with presenter Paul Martin, who headed down to the town yesterday, Thursday June 5, to spend a day at the lifeboat station and at sea.

Interviews with one of the newest Lyme RNLI crew members, Murray Saunders, and the longest serving, Colin Jones, were filmed.

Presenter Paul Martin went to sea in the lifeboat ‘Spirit of Loch Fyne’ with volunteer Elliott Herbert at the helm.

Members of the production team were also taken to sea in the harbourmaster’s launch.

The team filmed the lifeboat at speed and an exercise in which a Lyme Regis crew member, Tom Wallis, was ‘rescued’ when he fired flares off Charton Bay.

Paul Martin said: “The trip in the lifeboat was amazing, I loved it and it was great to spend time with the crew.”

Other members of the lifeboat crew involved in the filming were Tom Crabbe and Mark Gage.

Elliott Herbert, also operations manager at Lyme Regis Town Council, said: “We were delighted to host the BBC team, and we did our best to make the rescue as realistic as possible.”

The Flog It! show, with a regular audience of two million people, featuring the Lyme Regis lifeboat crew will be aired early next year.

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