Exmouth RNLI assists in recovery of broken down vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Exmouth RNLI lifesavers were tasked this evening to assist Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat to a broken down motor boat off the Exmouth coast.

RNLI/Nick Wright

Exmouth inshore lifeboat crew towing the broken down boat.

At 5.25pm on Sunday 7 August 2022, H.M. Coastguard requested the crew of Exmouth inshore lifeboat D-805 George Bearman II to assist Exmouth Independent Arctic 24 Lifeboat Peter & Barbara Truesdale with a broken down 21ft motor boat off Orcombe Point. The motor boat had 9 persons on board including 5 children.

The volunteer crew launched at 5.37pm and were quickly on scene with their Sidmouth lifesaving colleagues who had the vessel under tow. At 5.43pm the tow was handed to the Exmouth lifeboat and the vessel towed to the safety of shore.

On completion the lifesavers were stood down and returned to Exmouth Lifeboat Station where the inshore lifeboat was back on service a short time later.

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat volunteers were :

Boat Crew: Helm : Si Priestley, Guy Bennett, Ed Birch, Cameron Baker. Tractor Driver: Paul May

Deputy Launch Authority : Andy Mitchell. Shore Crew: Ian Fletcher, Jim Brewster, Kyle Baker, Toby Hoggarth, Mark Davies, Andy Horsley, Brian Taylor

Exmouth RNLI crew who took part in the tasking were :

Inshore Lifeboat : Helm : Harry Griffin, Nick Wright and Geoff Mills.

Other volunteers involved were Deputy Launch Authority, Rick Newcombe. Tractor Driver : Robert Thompson. Head Launcher : Scott Ranft and Shore Crew, Steve Woodbridge.

Specific advice from the RNLI regarding yacht sailing and motorboating can be found here : https://rnli.org/safety/choose-your-activity/yacht-sailing-and-motorboating

If you find yourself in an emergency situation or spot someone else in trouble, you should always call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard. When you take a craft to sea, always let someone know where you are going and when you will be back. Always wear a lifejacket and take a means of calling for help.

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