A VOLUNTEER lifeboat crew has helped save two people in the sea and a sinking boat.

The Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat was launched last Friday (19/4) after reports of the incident came in from Seaton in Devon.

The volunteer crew arrived on scene within 10 minutes of launching, by which time one person had reached shore safely and the other had been recovered by a passing fish vessel and then transferred to the Sidmouth independent lifeboat. Both people were met by an ambulance team ashore.

The lifeboat crew managed to recover the sinking 20-foot vessel and towed the boat back to Lyme Regis where more crew were able to work with the harbourmaster’s team to recover the boat to safety.

It was reported the boat had hit the harbour wall when trying to leave Axmouth harbour near Seaton.

Jon Broome, Lyme Regis lifeboat helm, said: “Our crew were quick to launch and get to Seaton in a flat sea.

“Thankfully, the two people were safely ashore when we arrived so we could focus on recovering the damage boat.”