Articles Both Exmouth lifeboats search following concern for person in water

Both Exmouth lifeboats search following concern for person in water

Both Exmouth lifeboats search following concern for person in water

Inshore lifeboat George Bearman II and Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn launched on the evening of 11 June following a 999 call to the Coastguard.

The call was made from a member of the public who thought they had seen a person in the water, waving their arm in the air for help, east of the lifeboat station.

D class lifeboat George Bearman II launched first at 8.05pm and within 15 minutes, found a pink lilo a mile south east of the lifeboat station. At this point, Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn launched at 8.20pm but both were stood down, the Shannon at 9.16pm and D class lifeboat at 9.32pm after no further sightings.

Exmouth Coastguard team also assisted from the shore. Both lifeboats were ready for service again by 9.45pm.

Coxswain, Steve Hockings-Thompson said:

‘Following the discovery of the inflatable, our Crew volunteers on both lifeboats conducted search patterns for over an hour, advised by the UK Coastguard. There was a concern that somebody had drifted offshore and was difficulty. We had on board a thermal imaging device which members of the community had kindly donated recently, so if there was anyone in the water, we would have spotted them.’

Author: Exmouth RNLI

Exmouth RNLI

Emma Tarling has been a Lifeboat Press Officer at Exmouth Lifeboat Station since May 2011. She is one of over 250 volunteers who work to raise the profile of the RNLI through the media.