Exmouth RNLI assists in two rescues

Lifeboats News Release

This afternoon, Sunday 20 October 2019, the volunteer crew of Exmouth RNLI launched to assist in two separate rescues in the area.

RNLI/John Thorogood

Exmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat George Bearman II launches to the rescue

At about 12:17pm today HM Coastguard requested the services of Exmouth RNLI to go to the assistance of a 30ft wooden fin heeled yacht that had run aground on the River Exe near Topsham.

Exmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, George Bearman II, led by Helm, Harry Griffin and volunteer crew Guy Munnings and Charlie Allen, launched immediately and arrived at the scene a short time later. It was ascertained that the vessel was firmly aground and the two occupants were taken on board the lifeboat and then on to safety at Topsham. No injuries were reported.

The lifeboat departed the scene at 1:31pm and was back on station at 1:45pm.

A short time later members of the crew noticed two paddle boarders apparently in difficulty off Exmouth beach, with one person struggling in the water against the tide. The Inshore Lifeboat immediately launched again at 2:09pm and reached the casualties about a minute later.

One of the individuals was taken on board the lifeboat and on to shore. The second made their way to safety under the supervision of the lifeboat crew. Both individuals were back on land at 2:17pm and the lifeboat was back on station at 2:30pm.No injuries were reported arising from this second incident.

Exmouth RNLI Helm, Harry Griffin, said “Tide times and heights vary considerably and it is essential that water users make themselves aware of this important information before they set out on the water. Strong currents running out to sea are common on our coastline and again I would emphasise the importance of seeking proper safety advice before venturing out.”

Safety information on tide times and heights can be found at the RNLI webite here : https://rnli.org/safety/know-the-risks/tides

Further advice from the RNLI concerning strong currents can be found here : https://rnli.org/safety/know-the-risks/rip-currents

Key facts about the RNLI

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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.