The lifeboat crew spent more than two hours searching the coast after two flares were seen

The Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat joined a search on Thursday night after a fishing boat crew reported seeing the flares at sea.

The volunteer lifeboat crew was launched at 10pm and were at sea until 12.30am, searching from Charmouth to Seaton and Sidmouth to the west of Lyme Regis.

The lifeboat crew joined the search with a coastguard helicopter, Exmouth’s RNLI lifeboat and coastguards ashore from West Bay and Beer.

Nothing was found and the lifeboat crew was stood down by Solent coastguards.

The team was also alerted on Friday at around 9.20pm following “concerns for two paddle boarders who had been seen to enter the water but not exit”.

They were stood down when they got to the station to get their kit as the persons concerned were found safe and well.

However, the crew urge members of the public to always report concerns.

A spokesman said: “Stay safe along the coast, but if you find yourself in difficulty or see something which gives you cause for concern, do not hesitate to dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.”