A Zoom meeting of management volunteers who run a lifeboat station came to an abrupt end when their pagers sounded and the crew launched to answer a ‘shout.’

Police asked for help in dealing with ‘a man behaving erratically’ on the beach at Burton Bradstock on Tuesday night.

The Zoom meeting of the Lyme Regis lifeboat operations team was half way through its allotted 40 minutes, having started at 7pm, when the crew were called out. West Bay Coastguard were also tasked to attend.

Rescuers were stood down after the incident was resolved by police officers.

A West Bay Coastguard spokesman said: "On Tuesday evening, the whole team was alerted by Solent Coastguard NMOC (National Maritime Operations Centre) to a request for assistance from Dorset Police who were dealing with an incident in Burton Bradstock.

"As coastguard officers were responding to the scene, an update was received that thankfully the incident had been resolved. The team was then stood down to return to station.

"If you find yourself in difficulty or if see something that gives you cause for concern, then do not hesitate. Dial 999 and ask for the coastguard."