Exmouth RNLI lifeboat called vessel causing danger

Exmouth RNLI volunteers were tasked with reporting an out of control vessel causing danger off Exmouth earlier today.

At 12:08 p.m. today Monday 04and April 2022, the crew of the Exmouth RNLI coastal lifeboat
D-805 George Bearman II were instructed by HM Coastguard to witness a report of a rigid inflatable boat drifting out to sea approximately 200 yards off the seafront at Exmouth. The mission followed a series of 999 calls to HM Coastguard and the situation was verified by the Exmouth National Coastwatch Institution. The vessel appeared to be unmanned and the weather/tide conditions were overcast and cold with light winds and a strong current.

The charity’s lifeboat, captained by Helm, Roy Stott and crew Ed Thomas and Guy Munnings, was launched at 12.13pm and immediately headed for the location of the rib. The volunteer crew arrived at the vessel within minutes and were able to confirm it was unmanned with its frayed and broken mooring rope.

The drifting boat was deemed a significant risk to other water users, so rescuers towed it to the safety of Exmouth Marina.

Other Exmouth RNLI volunteers involved in the task were Deputy Launch Authority Mike Gall and shore crew John Dinsdale and James Searle.

Exmouth RNLI Lifeboat Helm Roy Stott said: ‘It is fortunate that HM Coastguard was made aware of this incident promptly so that the casualty vessel was brought to safety before any damage could occur or cause a additional risk for water users. I urge all local boat owners to regularly check their mooring lines to ensure they are sturdy and secure.

The lifeboat was back at station and ready for service at 12:55 p.m.

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