Eight people, comprising adults and children from two families, were rescued by the volunteer crew of Lyme Regis lifeboat yesterday after both their speedboats ran aground at Black Ven east of the town.

The lifeboat crew towed both boats and those aboard back to the safety of Lyme Regis harbour where the families were spoken to by local coastguards.

Lifeboat senior helm Tim Edwards said: “When we arrived on scene we found that both speedboats had run aground, disabling their gearboxes and their engines.”

The lifeboat launched at 2.40pm and the rescue operation ended at 4pm.