Exmouth RNLI called to grounded yacht
Exmouth RNLI volunteer crew members launched their lifeboats early this morning following a report of six individuals aboard a yacht that had run aground off Exmouth seafront.
At 02.47am today Friday 19 March 2021 both Exmouth RNLI lifeboats, the all weather lifeboat 13-03 R & J Wellman and the inshore vessel D-805 George Bearman II were launched having been tasked by H.M. Coastguard to a report of a yacht with six persons on board that had run aground on Pole Sands, Exmouth.
The all weather lifeboat was crewed by Helm, Steve Hockings-Thompson and crew, Mark Sansom, David Preece, James Searle, James Edge and Scott Ranft. The inshore lifeboat helmed by Guy Munnings and volunteer crew Harry Griffin and Henry Mock.
The casualty vessel was quickly located and the situation assessed. The yacht managed to free itself from it’s grounding and both lifeboats left the scene.
However, at 05.50am crew at the lifeboat station noticed the vessel had again got into difficulties and the inshore lifeboat was relaunched to assist the boat. Once on scene the lifeboat crew helped free the vessel, that had no radio, one lifejacket and very limited safety equipment on board, and the yacht and its crew were guided to the safety of Exmouth Marina where they were met by members of the Exmouth Coastguard team.
Having secured the safety of the vessel and its occupants, the lifeboat made its way back to the Lifeboat Station where it was back on service a short time later. A total of 22 volunteer crew were involved in the operation.
Helm of the inshore lifeboat on the second assignment, Harry Griffin, said, “The yacht had got itself into difficulty in the dark during the early hours of the morning. When venturing out to sea It is always important to have proper means of communication and adequate safety equipment. It’s also vital, and especially so during the hours of darkness, to check the locality, tide times and sea conditions before venturing out on the water. Our lifesaving volunteers were pleased to assist in this situation and help bring it to a safe and satisfactory conclusion.”
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 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.