THREE boys were rescued after their inflatable boat deflated and sank in Lyme Regis Harbour.

They were recovered by a lifeboat crewman and returned to shore wet but unhurt following the incident on Saturday afternoon.

A spokesman for Lyme Regis LIfeboat said: "Three boys – two aged 13 and one 14 – were helped to safety  by a Lyme Regis RNLI crew member after their inflatable boat deflated in the town’s harbour.

"The lifeboat crew was alerted at 4.55pm. Crew member Rich Tilley rowed the lifeboat station’s X-boat – a ten foot inflatable -to pontoons in the harbour to collect two of the boys. The third boy was already ashore.

"The boys were said to be rather wet and apologetic but otherwise unhurt."