Three rescued after vessel sinks near Lyme Regis

Three men were rescued after their motorboat sank off the Dorset coast.

They were spotted in the water by the crew of the Lyme Regis RNLI inshore lifeboat close to the South Cardinal Buoy on Sunday morning.

Portland Coastguard said the men were "very lucky" as they did not have any flares, VHF radio or life jackets and one of them could not swim.

A man in his 40s was taken to hospital in Yeovil while the others were taken ashore and checked over by paramedics.

'No preparation'

A spokesman said the accident was not seen from the shore in Lyme Regis and the men were only spotted by chance by the lifeboat crew who were on an exercise.

Dominic Lonsdale, watch manager at Portland Coastguard, said: "This incident could so easily have had a different outcome.

"Three men in a small craft had put to sea with no preparation for their voyage.

"Even if you can swim, life jackets are a vital piece of lifesaving equipment.

"A handheld radio in a waterproof pouch attached by a lanyard would also have been useful for them to call for help.

"Had the lifeboat not been on exercise and seen them, they may not have lived to tell the tale."

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