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Exmouth Inshore Lifeboat launched to drifting boat

Exmouth Inshore Lifeboat launched to drifting boat

At 08:45hrs today Tuesday 26 November 2019, Exmouth RNLI were tasked by HM Coastguard to a report of a drifting boat in the River Exe off Lympstone village.

Volunteer crew attended the lifeboat station immediately and the Exmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat George Bearman II was launched just ten minutes later at 08:55hrs, under the command of Helm, Henry Mock and crew members, Guy Munnings and Steve Satchell.  Weather conditions were raining, with high winds and difficult seas.

Exmouth Inshore Lifeboat George Bearman II launches to recover the drifting boat. Photo : Chris Sims RNLI

The vessel was soon located adrift in the river, placed on tow and secured at a place of safety nearby.  No casualties were reported.

The route taken by Exmouth RNLB George Bearman II. Courtesy : MarineTraffic

The Inshore Lifeboat returned to station shortly afterwards on completion of the task and was back on service at 09:40hrs.

Helm, Henry Mock said, “This is the second shout we’ve had to a vessel that had come loose from it’s mooring in the last few days. They can present a real danger to water users. I can only reiterate the importance of ensuring that owners must make sure that their boats are securely tied at all times but especially during high winds and stormy weather.”


Author: John Thorogood


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