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Dorset fishermen rescue operation

Two men have been rescued after their fishing boat sank near Christchurch in Dorset.

Solent Coastguard received several calls at 8am this morning reporting a red distress flare west of the Needles lighthouse.

The Needles Coastguard Rescue Team reported that they could see a liferaft out to sea.

The RNLI Yarmouth lifeboat and rescue helicopter from Lee-on-Solent were launched and took the men back to shore by lifeboat.

It is thought they were out in their liferaft for at least two hours but they did not require any further medical attention.

It appears this fishing vessel suffered problems early this morning, and sank quickly. So much so that the two men on board didn’t have time to radio us for help.Luckily, they managed to get into their liferaft and take with them some red distress flares which meant they could raise the alarm.We always urge fishermen to make sure they’re well prepared when heading out to sea, with as much life saving equipment on board as possible.”

– Matt West, Watch Manager at Solent Coastguard


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Coastguards warn public of landslips threat in Dorset

The Coastguard is warning people to keep away from beaches in Dorset affected by landslides.

Today's brighter weather has attracted sightseers to beaches near Lyme Regis, on Portland and in Swanage where recent wet weather has left cliffs unstable and in some cases collapsing. But the warning is being largely ignored, as Richard Slee reports.

Beach closed in landslip warning

Part of Swanage beach has been closed

Coastguards in Dorset are warning the public to heed warnings about staying off beaches where there is the threat of a landslip from the cliffs above. The recent wet weather has made some cliff edges vulnerable to mudslides.

Part of the beach at Swanage has been closed off, but coastguards have observed some members of the public ignoring the warnings.

Cliff edges are vulnerable to mudslides