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Teignmouth’s RNLI lifeboat crew rescue man from overturned boat

Lifeboats News Release

Teignmouth RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew rescued a male casualty from an overturned boat on Thursday 18 August 2016.

The crew had just completed a training exercise when they were tasked by Solent Coastguard  at 9.18pm to assist three people in the water off Dawlish following the capsize of their boat.

Upon arrival the crew found that two of the people had made their way to shore but the third person, a non-swimmer, was clinging to the overturned boat.

Crew recovered the casualty to the lifeboat and he was transferred to the shore where he was assessed and then handed over to the ambulance crew.

The volunteer crew and lifeboat safely returned to station at 10.29pm.​​


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For more information contact Anna Winston, Teignmouth RNLI volunteer press officer, on 07743182033 or


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