RNLI comes to aid of speedboat

12:33 24 June 2014

The Exmouth inshore lifeboat George Bearman is recovered after the speedboat rescue. Picture by Exmouth RNLI.

The Exmouth inshore lifeboat George Bearman is recovered after the speedboat rescue. Picture by Exmouth RNLI.

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Exmouth RNLI were called out on Monday afternoon to reports of a broken down speedboat drifting at the entrance to Exmouth Marina.

A man and his adult daughter had anchored in the estuary after their 15 foot Fletcher suffered engine failure.

The inshore lifeboat George Bearman was tasked at 2.49pm, and towed the stranded boat to a slipway at Starcross.

An RNLI spokesman said the occupants had no alternative means of propulsion, such as oars, had no flares on board, and were not wearing lifejackets.

Lifeboat operations manager Kevin Riley said: “It would help our volunteers and the coastguards to effectively co-ordinate rescues if people carried the appropriate equipment, such as flares and a VHF radio.

“If people are taking to the water, we strongly advise all occupants wear lifejackets at all times.”

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