RESIDENTS and visitors to Lyme Regis were stunned last week when a coastguard helicopter landed on the beach.

Volunteers with the RNLI’s inshore lifeboat based in Lyme Regis were taking part in a major exercise with the coastguard helicopter.

The 75-minute exercise on Sunday, January 20 began with the helicopter, from St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan, landing on the beach and the aircraft’s winchman being transferred to the lifeboat.

Spectators watch-on as the exercise unfolded on Lyme Regis’ front beach, with RNLI volunteers taking part in the important training session.

Senior lifeboat helm, Tim Edwards, said: “This was a really valuable exercise in dealing with a casualty at sea, particularly with the winchman aboard to advise on the handling of difficult situations when performing complicated rescues involving the coastguard helicopter.”

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