Survivors will be guests at launch of Lyme lifeboat book

PUBLISHED: 11:01 09 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:52 09 July 2017

Helicopter crash survivors Philip and Lisa Burgess with baby  Charley-Nicole

Helicopter crash survivors Philip and Lisa Burgess with baby Charley-Nicole

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Author Richard Horobin is delighted that some of those featured in the historical account will be coming back to meet their rescuers again.

Mariola Constandinou who fell on rocks near CharmouthMariola Constandinou who fell on rocks near Charmouth

A couple who were rescued after their helicopter plunged into Lyme Bay and a woman in her seventies seriously injured on rocks will return to Lyme Regis for the launch of a book which includes their remarkable stories.

Also among guests at the ceremony in the town’s lifeboat station will be the parents of a severely disabled young woman who died when her wheelchair fell into the harbour.

The front cover of the new Lyme  lifeboat book by Richard HorobinThe front cover of the new Lyme lifeboat book by Richard Horobin

The book is part of a history project by the RNLI charity and tells the story of almost 160 years of a lifeboat service in Lyme Regis.

Author Richard Horobin, the lifeboat station’s volunteer press officer, said: “We are delighted that some people featured in the book will be coming back to meet their rescuers again, including lifeboat crew, coastguards and fishermen.”

The back cover of the lifeboat bookThe back cover of the lifeboat book

Philip and Lisa Burgess were rescued after the helicopter Philip was flying crashed in dense fog on Easter Monday 1999. Lisa was pregnant at the time, although her rescuers did not know, and her daughter Charley-Nicole will be paying her first visit to Lyme Regis.

Mariola Constandinou, from the Midlands, was 71 when she slipped on rocks and was seriously injured near Charmouth in May two years ago and is looking forward to meeting her rescuers again. Mark and Paula Perkins, whose daughter Claire died when her electric wheelchair fell into the harbour will once again be visiting Lyme Regis to help with Lifeboat Week events and will also be at the book launch.

Also at the book launch will be John Bradley, the great great grandson of Thomas Bradley a coxswain of the pulling and sailing lifeboats for 30 years, who joined the crew in 1851.

Dorset-based actress, impressionist and comedian Debra Stephenson will be opening Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week at 12.30pm on July 22 and will also be at the book launch.

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