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Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat rescue crew of broken down boat

Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat rescue crew of broken down boat

At 2.30pm today Monday 27 September 2021, H.M. Coastguard tasked  Exmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat D-805 George Bearman II following an emergency 999 call that a 5 metre day boat was drifting out of control with two occupants on board and was unable to make headway. The vessel was described as drifting southerly on the River Exe off Star Cross, close to number 17 buoy.

The inshore lifeboat volunteer crew, Guy Munnings, Roy Stott and James Edge, launched immediately and made their way to the last known location of the vessel. They quickly located the boat in shallow water and assessed the situation.

Exmouth RNLI lifesavers speed to the rescue Credit : John Thorogood / RNLI

Shortly afterwards the rescuers took the day boat under tow and conveyed the vessel and the two casualties to the safety of shore at Star Cross, arriving there at 3.05pm. Both casualties were safe and well and did not require medical attention.  

Other RNLI volunteers assisting in the assignment were Deputy Launch Authority, Hedley Saunders, and shore/launch crew Andrew Stott, Ed Thomas and James Searle.   

Once the broken down vessel was secured and the occupants were safety ashore, the volunteer lifesavers were stood down by H.M. Coastguard.

They returned to Exmouth RNLI lifeboat station where the lifeboat was back ready for service a short time later.

Author: John Thorogood

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