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Exmouth RNLI lifeboat called to drifting yacht

Exmouth RNLI lifeboat called to drifting yacht

At 7.45am today Tuesday 15th March 2022, the crew of Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat D-805 George Bearman II were tasked by H.M. Coastguard to attend to a report of a drifting yacht. The boat was reported off Exmouth seafront, had apparently slipped its mooring, was out of control and a danger to water users.

The charity’s lifeboat, commanded by Helm, Guy Munnings, and crew Geoff Mills and Ed Thomas, launched at 7.52am and immediately sped to the last known location of the unoccupied vessel.

Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat towing the stray vessel Credit : Geoff Mills RNLI

The volunteer lifesavers located the unoccupied yacht about 2 miles off Exmouth Seafront at 8.04am, took it under tow and safely recovered it to a mooring.

Other Exmouth RNLI volunteers involved in the tasking were Deputy Launch Authority, Barry Catton, and Shore Crew, David Preece, Rory Carrig, Mark Sansom and Charles Swales.  

On completion of the assignment, and the crew having satisfied themselves that the yacht was safely secured, the lifeboat returned to Exmouth Lifeboat Station and was back on service by 9.21am.

Author: John Thorogood

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