Articles Exmouth RNLI lifesavers rescue man trapped on sandbank

Exmouth RNLI lifesavers rescue man trapped on sandbank

Exmouth RNLI lifesavers rescue man trapped on sandbank

Exmouth RNLI volunteers attended reports of a man stranded on a sandbank on the River Exe last night.

Following multiple 999 calls, at 8.44pm on Monday 9th May 2022 the crew of Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat D-805 George Bearman II were tasked by H.M. Coastguard to attend reports of a man stranded on a sandbank on the River Exe.

The volunteer lifesavers, led by Inshore Lifeboat Helm, Henry Mock and crew James Searle and Sarah Pennicard, launched at 8.55pm, quickly sped to the scene and rapidly located the casualty. The were assisted by an H.M. Coastguard Rescue Teams from Exmouth and Dawlish who were also tasked to the emergency.

                   Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat launches to the rescue.

The casualty was helped on board the lifeboat and taken to the safety of shore where he was seen by the Coastguard Rescue Team. He was uninjured and did not require medical attention.

Other Exmouth RNLI volunteers who assisted were Deputy Launch Authority, Mike Gall, Head Launcher Mark Sansom, Tractor Driver Robert Thompson and shore crew Nick Wright and Jake Richards.

The lifeboat returned to Exmouth Lifeboat Station at 9.20pm and was back ready for service at 9.30pm.

Additional RNLI safety information for water users regarding tides can be found here : https://rnli.org/safety/know-the-risks/tides

Author: John Thorogood

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