Exmouth Inshore Lifeboat called to capsized boat

Lifeboats News Release

At 5.19pm on Sunday (4 August) the crew of Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat George Bearman II attended a report of a capsized vessel off the coast of Cockwood in South Devon having been alerted by HM Coastguard.

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Exmouth Inshore Lifeboat George Bearman II launches to the rescue

Initial reports claimed that the centre board or rudder was missing from the upturned boat and that two individuals were in the water.

The inshore lifeboat, crewed by Helm Guy Munnings and volunteer crew Roger Jackson and James Searle, launched at 5.27pm and was on scene very shortly afterwards. On their arrival at the location, it was established that the boat appeared undamaged, had been righted and both occupants were back on board. The boat and its passengers were safely escorted to shore. There were no injuries.

The lifeboat returned to station at 5.55pm and was back on service shortly afterwards.

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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