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Exmouth RNLI called to report of two persons in difficulty in the River Exe

Exmouth RNLI called to report of two persons in difficulty in the River Exe

In their third assignment in three days, at 12.41pm today Thursday 12 August 2021, H.M. Coastguard tasked the crew of Exmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat D-805 George Bearman II to attend a report of two individuals, including a 12 year old female, in difficulty in the River Exe, having fallen overboard from a vessel.

The charity’s lifeboat launched at 12.49pm, crewed by Helm, Mark Cockman and volunteer crew James Searle and Nick Wright who made their way to the river to locate the casualties. It was Mark’s first tasking as Helm and Nick’s first live rescue as Inshore Lifeboat Crew.  Other Exmouth RNLI crew volunteers who attended were Guy Munnings, Neil Cannon, Tim Barnes, Ed Steele, Roger Jackson, Charles Swales, Harry Griffin, Andy Stott, Geoff Mills, Dougie Wright and James Edge.   

The lifeboat crew were assisted in the operation by the crews of Exmouth Water Taxi ‘Exeplorer’, Stuart Line ‘Tudor Rose’ and a team from H.M. Coastguard Rescue.

Meanwhile the casualties were taken on board the Exmouth Water Taxi and conveyed to Star Cross where they awaited the arrival of the lifeboat crew and an ambulance to assess their condition.

A short time later both the lifeboat and the ambulance arrived and the  casualties were placed under their care. Their condition is not known but it is not thought to be serious.

On completion of the tasking at 2.55pm, the lifesavers returned to Exmouth Lifeboat Station where the inshore lifeboat was back on service a short time later.

Detailed RNLI ‘Float To Live’ safety information can be found here :  https://rnli.org/magazine/magazine-featured-list/2018/july/how-to-float

Author: John Thorogood

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