Family of four rescued by Lyme Regis Lifeboat

PUBLISHED: 08:09 26 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:06 28 July 2017

The rescued family and pet dog Suki. Picture: RICHARD HOROBIN

The rescued family and pet dog Suki. Picture: RICHARD HOROBIN


Pet labrador Suki gets the blame for causing yacht to sink

A family of four and their labrador dog were rescued yesterday evening (Tuesday, July 25) by Lyme Regis lifeboat after their yacht was swamped by waves and sank at Charton Bay, west of the town.

The yacht was being sailed from Lyme Regis by Joe Coles, 56, from East Coker, Yeovil. Also on board were his wife Tania, sons Theo, nine, Hector, 19, and their 14 month old Labrador Suki.

Mr Coles said: ”We had been having a picnic and were close to shore. Suki would not get on the boat. We got out of the boat to get the dog and two big waves hit the yacht and pretty much sank it.

“We were all safely ashore but wet and cold, and very pleased when we saw the lifeboat. The whole thing was Suki’s fault, really.”

The family had left Lyme in the 18 foot vessel, called Llewellyn, just as the Red Devils were giving their display as part of Lifeboat Week.

The lifeboat crew brought the family back to the safety of Lyme Regis. Later it was decided it was too unsafe to tow the stricken yacht back to Lyme Regis. The lifeboat crew secured the yacht by anchor a quarter of a mile off Pinhay Bay. This was the 13th shout for the Lyme Regis crew so far this year.

The lifeboat had launched from the slipway at 6.50pm just as the Lifeboat Week charity auction was under way in the boathouse.

But later the water polo match between the lifeboat crew and the lifeguards was affected by a shortage of players. A depleted lifeboat crew team lost by a large margin, according to players.

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