Two men on a partially deflated inflatable dinghy were rescued by a lifeboat crew.

Lyme Regis lifeboat was launched at 8.32pm last night following reports of an inflatable dinghy drifting a mile east of the car park at Abbotsbury.

A spokesman said: "At 9.01pm the lifeboat was alongside the dinghy and the two men, wet but otherwise safe, were taken on board and landed at Abbotsbury where they were met by coastguards and given safety advice.

"The lifeboat crew returned to Lyme Regis harbour at 10.10pm."

This was the fourth emergency call dealt with by the Lyme Regis lifeboat crew over the weekend and the 32nd so far this year.