Exmouth RNLI rescues boat with engine failure. Crew highlights the importance of working radios: “We could have found him much quicker.”
PUBLISHED: 16:34 08 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:39 08 August 2017
Boat users are being urged to make sure their on-board safety systems are working befeore taking to the water. The message comes from Exmouth RNLI; the crew said it could have located a stricken vessel faster had the boat’s VHF radio system been connected.
Exmouth RNLI has issued a warning to sailors to ensure on-board equipment is working before taking to the water.
The message comes after the Shannon class lifeboat was launched on Sunday afternoon to rescue a 21-foot wooden day boat with engine failure, some four miles south east of Exmouth lifeboat station.
Exmouth RNLI arrived at the stricken vessel within 16 minutes and towed the boat back to its river Exe mooring, off Starcross pier.
The volunteer crew said casualties can be located quickly if vessels are fitted with working radio equipment.
Roger Jackson, deputy coxswain, said: “The casualty called the coastguard from his mobile phone.
“He had a VHF radio on board but it wasn’t connected. We could have found him much quicker by using a directional find function on our Shannon SIMS system.”
He added: “Please help us to help you by checking equipment is working before you set off.”
The previous day, Saturday, the inshore lifeboat volunteer crew was on exercise during the Starcross swim when it was diverted to investigate a capsized 17ft powerboat on a mooring in the river Exe.
The RNLI said no one was onboard because the casualties had been picked up by another vessel.
David Preece, RNLI helmsman, said: “The casualty vessel was deemed a hazard to navigation and was therefore recovered to area adjacent to the Imperial recreation ground.
“The boat was found to have a damaged bow and capsize must have been caused by a collision.”
The RNLI said crew volunteers returned to the scene, mid-channel between Lympstone and Starcross, but returned to the lifeboat station when they were unable to conclusively identify another damaged vessel.