Articles Both Exmouth RNLI lifeboats launched to broken down vessel taking on water

Both Exmouth RNLI lifeboats launched to broken down vessel taking on water

Both Exmouth RNLI lifeboats launched to broken down vessel taking on water

At 2.42pm today Sunday 26 September 2021, H.M. Coastguard tasked both Exmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat D-805 George Bearman II and all weather lifeboat 13-03 R & J Welburn following an emergency 999 call from the three occupants of a speedboat that had broken down approximately 1.5 miles out from Exmouth Lifeboat Station.

The inshore lifeboat crew, lead by Helm, Guy Munnings and crew Henry Mock and Ed Thomas, launched immediately and made their way to the last known location of the vessel and quickly located the speedboat. Having ascertained the situation and ensured the safety of the three individuals on board, the boat was taken under tow by the lifeboat.

The charity’s all weather lifeboat launched a short time later commanded by Coxswain Roy Stott, with crew Harry Griffin, Robert Thompson, Sarah Pennicard, James Edge and Mark Sansom and also attended the rescue scene.

Both Exmouth RNLI lifeboats on exercise recently. Credit: Mark Campbell / On Your Mark Photography

Other RNLI volunteers assisting in the assignment were Deputy Launch Authority, Liam Pessell, and shore/launch crew Roger Jackson, James Searle, John Dinsdale, Nick Wright, Neil Cannon, Matt Bragg and Ed Steele.   

The inshore lifeboat then towed the speedboat and its occupants to the safety of land at Belshers Slipway, Exmouth, escorted by the all weather lifeboat. The three occupants of the speedboat were uninjured and did not require any medical attention.

A short time later the volunteer lifesavers were stood down by H.M. Coastguard and both lifeboats were back on service at 4.30pm.

Author: John Thorogood

John is the Exmouth Lifeboat Press Officer & Fundraising Press Officer, covering operations, fundraising and events to help save lives at sea.