Exmouth and Teignmouth RNLI crews rescue sailor

PUBLISHED: 09:17 21 April 2016 | UPDATED: 09:59 21 April 2016

Exmouth Shannon RNLI

Exmouth Shannon RNLI

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A lone sailor caught in stormy seas was rescued by Exmouth and Teignmouth RNLI boat crews.

The incident at 1.57pm on Wednesday, April 20, (yesterday) saw an Atlantic 85 lifeboat the Two Annes race to reach the casualty.

The sailor was on board a 28-foot yacht, which had suffered rudder damage and lost its steering ability off Teignmouth Bar.

The Exmouth Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn was launched. The crew considered the yacht due to its size and the sea conditions of being at risk of being driven ashore.

An Exmouth team arrived on the scene at 2.50pm. A member of the crew was sent on board to supervise the tow as the sailor, who was suffering with sickness was transferred ashore.

Roger Jackson, Exmouth Shannon class navigator, described the scene.

He said: “The sea state was rough with at least a three-metre swell, winds gusting 30 knots and once we arrived on scene, we discovered there was two feet of water inside the boat.

“The casualty was transferred to Teignmouth lifeboat station by their crew volunteers, who looked after him. It was too tough to tow the yacht into Teignmouth or Exmouth, so we took the yacht to a berth at Torquay Marina for safety.”

The yacht was secured at Torquay Marina at 3.40pm.

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