Exmouth RNLI crew rescues man during Storm Ophelia

PUBLISHED: 10:10 17 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:51 17 October 2017

Volunteers launching on service in Storm Ophelia. Picture: John Ford

Volunteers launching on service in Storm Ophelia. Picture: John Ford


Exmouth’s RNLI volunteers launched during Storm Ophelia on Monday (October 16) to help a man on-board a 21-foot cruiser boat.

Recovery at Exe Sailing Club. Picture: Exmouth RNLIRecovery at Exe Sailing Club. Picture: Exmouth RNLI

Exmouth’s lifeboat crew launched yesterday (Monday, October 16) to help a man on a cabin cruiser in the River Exe.

Following calls from concerned members of the public, RNLI volunteers launched at around 4.20pm to help the man on board a 21-foot vessel near Exe Sailing Club.

British Transport Police and the National Police Air Service were also tasked to attend the incident.

The man was attempting to secure his boat onto a mooring after Storm Ophelia had intensified.

A damaged propeller, along with strong waves and wind, caused difficulties in positioning the boat, so a crew volunteer was put on board to secure the vessel safely.

The man requested to stay on board the boat which was recovered to the nearby sailing club.

An RNLI spokesman said the boat wasn’t recovered to the lifeboat station due to the ‘challenging conditions’ in the sea.

Helm, David Preece said: “It seems the casualty had reached his boat from near the railway line as he was concerned for his property and wanted to protect it in the increasing weather conditions.

“There was always a danger he would find himself unexpectedly in the water and wasn’t wearing a lifejacket.

“We would advise boat owners to check their moorings are secure in all weathers.”

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