Crew training exercise turns into rescue by Exmouth RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Exmouth RNLI lifesavers were on exercise today when they rescued a young bodyboarder in distress off Exmouth seafront.

RNLI/John Thorogood

Exmouth Inshore Lifeboat D-805 George Bearman II in action

At 1.10pm today Friday 19 August 2022 the crew of Exmouth inshore lifeboat D-805 George Bearman II were returning to Exmouth Lifeboat Station following a search exercise with Exmouth National Coastwatch Institution off the Exmouth shoreline when they were waved down by a teenage bodyboarder in distress near number 7 buoy in the channel. He was struggling against the tide and unable to make headway.

The crew sped to the scene, retrieved the 13 year old boy from the water on to the lifeboat and took him to the safety of Exmouth beach where he was reunited with his parents. The volunteer crew assessed his condition, he was found to be uninjured and did not require medical attention.

The inshore lifeboat then returned to Exmouth Lifeboat Station when it was back on service a short time later.

Exmouth RNLI crew involved were :

Deputy Launch Authority : Hedley Saunders

Tractor Driver : Andy Stott

Inshore Lifeboat : Helm, Henry Mock. Crew, Geoff Mills and Dougie Wright.

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