Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat to search for abandoned kayak
Exmouth RNLI volunteers were tasked this evening to attend a report of an apparently abandoned kayak drifting upside down on the River Exe.
At 5.51pm today Monday 4 October 2021, H.M. Coastguard tasked Exmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat D-805 George Bearman II to a report of an apparently abandoned kayak seen drifting upside down on the River Exe.
The lifeboat launched at 6.05 pm crewed by Scott Ranft, Steve Satchell and James Edge, immediately sped to the scene and commenced a search of the area. They quickly located the kayak at 6.13pm on the Exmouth side of the River Exe and recovered it to a safe location. Following a further search the volunteer crew satisfied themselves that there was no-one in difficulty in the area and at 6.30pm they were stood down by H.M. Coastguard.
They returned to Exmouth Lifeboat Station where the lifeboat was back ready for service a short time later.
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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 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.