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Exmouth RNLI lifeboat crew assist in search

Lifeboats News Release

During the late evening of Tuesday 24 September the volunteer crew of Exmouth RNLI launched to assist in the search for a missing man

RNLI/John Thorogood

Exmouth RNLI All Weather Lifeboat R & J Welburn

HM Coastguard requested the services of Exmouth RNLI at around 10.25pm on Tuesday. RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat R & J Welburn and its volunteer crew launched shortly afterwards and immediately went to the area where they engaged in a comprehensive search alongside Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat, Lyme Regis Lifeboat, and the Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter.

The volunteer lifeboat crew was led by Exmouth RNLI Coxswain, Steve Hockings-Thompson, who said: ‘This was a very long and difficult search at night in very extreme conditions, poor visibility, heavy rain and a treacherous sea. I’m grateful to our crew who conducted themselves very professionally and to our colleagues from Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat, Lyme Regis Lifeboat and HM Coastguard for their invaluable assistance throughout.’

Nothing was found during the search, so Exmouth lifeboat was stood down at around 2.30am on Wednesday 25 September.

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