Couple thank Lyme lifeboat crew for rescue

17:58 17 February 2013

Debbi Cummins and her husband Mark thank two of the RNLI crewmen Jon Broome (left) and Martin Croad after they were rescued by helicopter when they were cut off by the tide.  Photo by Richard Horobin

Debbi Cummins and her husband Mark thank two of the RNLI crewmen Jon Broome (left) and Martin Croad after they were rescued by helicopter when they were cut off by the tide. Photo by Richard Horobin

Archant

Stranded pair who were airlifted to safety join fight to save Coastguard rescue helicopter

A couple rescued after being cut off by the tide today (Sunday) made a special trip to thank Lyme Regis lifeboat crew for helping to save their lives.

Mark Cummins, 47, and his wife Debbi, 44, were airlifted to safety within 30 minutes of the sea reaching them on the beach, east of Charmouth, a week ago, on February 10.

During their visit to the RNLI headquarters at Lyme they shook hands with the crew members who helped in their rescue - and revealed that they have joined the fight to save the coastguard helicopter based at Portland.

Mark, an accountant from Dorchester, and his wife, told the lifeboat crew: “The most comforting thing was to see the lifeboat and to hear the crew shouting to us to stay calm and telling us the helicopter was on the way.”

The lifeboat was unable to reach shore because of the swell, but stayed on scene until the rescue was completed.

Debbi said: “Between them, the helicopter and the lifeboat saved our lives and we are now campaigning to save the helicopter service being scrapped by the government.

“We have contacted everyone we know to tell them how lucky we were and how quickly the helicopter arrived.

“We are normally very careful when we go for a coastal walk, but on this occasion perhaps we were a little unlucky and a little misguided.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 23:54
Bad Manners at the Exmouth Festival on Friday evening. Ref exe 22-16SH 7002. Picture: Simon Horn.

Pictures: Bad Manners

Read more
Yesterday, 16:32
Staff at Caen Medical Centre in Braunton celebrate receiving a rating for outstanding

Inspectors full of praise for local GP surgery and how it works with the community

Read more
Yesterday, 16:30
The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team (l to r) Left to right: Dr Sam Rose, Alex O’Dwyer, Sally King, Dr Anjana Ford, Caroline Pearce, Guy Kerr, Katie Thompson, Sam Scriven, Lesley Garlick

The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team has won national recognition for its efforts to involve others with the site.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:49
A tent and pizza boxes were among the litter found at Core Hill

This ‘mindless and shameful’ littering shocked a mum-of-three trying to enjoy the outdoors with her children.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:07
car driving fast into forest.

Around 25,000 people are expected to attend the music festival, taking place this weekend.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:53
Gillian Hipkins receiving her award from County Council chairman councillor Andrew Moulding

A Lympstone woman has been named Devon’s community transport enabler of the year at an awards ceremony.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:50
The new riverside walkway has opened at Anchorwood Bank in Barnstaple. Picture: Andy Keeble

Members of walking group take a stroll with dignitaries as footpath opens

Read more
Yesterday, 12:57

A drug user has been jailed after he agreed to stash almost 1,000 ecstasy tablets for a dealer.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:36
Alan Rowe and Ernest on the Gibraltar Rock Run.

Alan Rowe MBE and his wife, Pauline, made the week-long trip last month.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30
Mike Aitken passed away aged 81.

Bideford Bridge Rotary Club members form guard of honour at funeral of staunch supporter Mike Aitken.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Place a family notice

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Find a job in Devon



Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

FFind planning applications