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Exmouth RNLI assist yacht in difficulty on River Exe

Exmouth RNLI assist yacht in difficulty on River Exe

Exmouth RNLI volunteers were tasked to assist a yacht in difficulty on the River Exe this evening.

At 5.21pm today, Monday 21st August 2023,  the crew of Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat D-805 George Bearman II were tasked by H.M. Coastguard to assist a 28 foot yacht with a fouled propeller off Starcross Pier on the River Exe, with one person on board. The launch was authorised by Exmouth RNLI Deputy Launch Authority, Neil Hurlock.

Exmouth inshore lifeboat in action. Credit : John Thorogood / RNLI

The lifeboat crew launched at 5.33pm and was on scene with the vessel and its occupant a short time later. They assessed the situation and were able to free the yacht from the hazard and restore it and its occupant to a safe condition. The crew then returned to Exmouth Lifeboat Station and were back on service a short time later.  

The lifeboat was crewed by volunteers Harry Griffin, Jason Luff and David Preece. Other Exmouth RNLI volunteers involved in the assignment were Tractor Driver, Robert Thompson, Head Launcher Mark Sansom, Shore Crew Ed Steele, John Dinsdale and Geoff Mills.

RNLI advice on yacht safety and motorboating can be found here : https://rnli.org/safety/choose-your-activity/yacht-sailing-and-motorboating

Author: ian_taylor@rnli.org.uk