Teignmouth RNLI Lifeboat crew rescue casualty thrown overboard

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A male was rescued by Teignmouth lifeboat crew on Thursday after being thrown overboard from his small rib.

Teignmouth lifeboat crew tow in small rib

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Teignmouth lifeboat crew tow in small rib

The volunteer crew received the request to launch at 11.49am and were on scene at Ness beach by 11.58am on a sunny, clear day. The sole occupant of the rib had fallen overboard but as he was not wearing a kill cord he was in the water and the vessel was going around in circles.

The lifeboat crew used a rope to stop the propeller and the casualty was taken aboard the Two Annes lifeboat. The vessel was towed into Teignmouth harbour at Polly Steps and the local Coastguard team met the casualty where safety advice was given.

The crew and lifeboat returned safely to station and were ready for service at 12.34pm.

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