Exmouth RNLI Lifeboats launch to assist rowers in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

At 9.42pm on Saturday 23 May 2020 Exmouth’s inshore lifeboat D-755 Peggy D and all-weather lifeboat 13-33 Bridie O’Shea were alerted by HM Coastguard to a report of a rowing boat in difficulty on the River Exe.

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Exmouth RNLI Lifeboats launch to the rescue

Both lifeboats were launched shortly afterwards by volunteer crew members - the inshore lifeboat under the charge of helm Henry Mock and the all-weather lifeboat commanded by 2nd Coxswain Scott Ranft.

After a brief search two men were discovered in a rowing boat having struggled to combat the changing tide. Both, one of whom was a non-swimmer, were wet, cold and neither were equipped with lifejackets. They were taken to the safety of land where they were met by an ambulance crew. Neither were believed to be injured.

Both boats returned to Exmouth RNLI Lifeboat Station at 11.29pm and were back ready for service shortly afterwards.

Exmouth RNLI Helm, Henry Mock said 'The two individuals had found themselves struggling to row against a significant tide that had changed during the period they were on the river. It’s very important for water users to be aware of changing tides as they can present hazardous conditions. Our safety message is to advise everyone taking to the water to ensure they have proper safety equipment and, in particular, lifejackets. I am pleased that we were able to assist these gentlemen and the incident had a successful outcome.'

As the charity that saves lives at sea, the RNLI are always happy to give water safety advice that can be found on the RNLI website at: https://rnli.org/safety

Exmouth RNLI have designated volunteer safety advisors, led by Community Safety Officer, Dave Littlefield and further information can be found here: http://www.exmouthlifeboat.org.uk/community-safety/

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