LIFEBOAT crews launched on Saturday to reports that two people had been cut off by the tide.

The alarm was raised by National Coastwatch volunteer Howard Lyne on duty at the Charmouth look-out station.

The lifeboat was at sea within seven minutes of the coastguard request to launch at 2.40pm.

After a comprehensive shoreline search between Lyme Regis and Charmouth by the lifeboat crew nothing was found and coastguards called off the operation.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks said: "It seems the two people made their own way to safety but this shout demonstrated how well the Coastwatch volunteers, the coastguards and ourselves can work together. And it is always better to be safe than sorry."