A Zoom meeting of management volunteers who run the RNLI lifeboat station in Lyme Regis came to an abrupt end last night (Tuesday) when their pagers sounded and the crew launched to answer a ‘shout.’

Police asked for help in dealing with ‘a man behaving erratically’ on the beach at Burton Bradstock.

The lifeboat crew were stood down after police dealt with the incident.

The Zoom meeting of the lifeboat operations team was half way through its allotted 40 minutes, having started at 7pm, when the crew were called out.

West Bay Coastguard was also tasked to attend.

A spokesman said: "On Tuesday evening, the whole team was alerted by Solent Coastguard NMOC (National Maritime Operations Centre) to a request for assistance from Dorset Police who were dealing with an incident in Burton Bradstock.

"As coastguard officers were responding to the scene, an update was received that thankfully the incident had been resolved. The team was then stood down to return to station.

"If you find yourself in difficulty or if see something that gives you cause for concern, then do not hesitate. Dial 999 and ask for the coastguard."