Exmouth RNLI volunteers were on a training exercise on Saturday when they were diverted to rescue people on a broken-down boat off Cockwood.

At 8.11pm on Saturday, September 2 the crew of Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat were on exercise when three people needed rescuing from a vessel with engine failure off Cockwood, near Dawlish.

The lifeboat crew were quickly on scene with the occupants of the casualty vessel able to give their location using the What3Words app. The engine could not be restarted and so they took the boat in tow to the safety of a mooring off Belchers Slipway. They then assisted the three casualties to the safety of shore.

The lifeboat was crewed by Helm, Harry Griffin, and crew volunteers, Jake Butt and James Searle.

The volunteers resumed their exercise at 9.00pm, having satisfied themselves that the vessel was secure and the occupants safe and well.

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