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Exmouth RNLI assisted yacht in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

Exmouth RNLI lifesavers assisted four individuals who had run aground on their yacht on the River Exe earlier today.

RNLI/John Thorogood

Exmouth Inshore Lifeboat in action.

At 9.30am today, Saturday 24 September 2022 the crew of Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat D-805 George Bearman II were tasked by H.M. Coastguard to assist four individuals on a 34ft yacht that had run aground on the River Exe at Lympstone.

The volunteer crew launched on service at 9.38am and were with the casualty vessel and its occupants 10 minutes later. They assessed the situation and determined that no one was injured or in need of medical attention.

On further assessment the crew determined to secure the yacht by placing a stern anchor. The occupants were content to remain on board the vessel until high tide re-floated it. Satisfied that the yachts position was secured and its occupants safe, the lifesavers stood down at 10.15am.

Exmouth RNLI crew involved were :

Deputy Launch Authority : Rob Anderson

Inshore Lifeboat : Harry Griffin, Mark Cockman and Geoff Mills.

Shore Crew : Tractor Driver, Neil Cannon. Head Launcher, Jason Luff and shorecrew, Rory Carrig.

Tide times and heights vary continuously and can easily catch water users out, putting their safety at risk. Detailed RNLI safety advice regarding weather and tides can be found at here.

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