Exmouth lifeboat crew rescues man after boat sank
PUBLISHED: 09:47 13 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:47 13 October 2016
RNLI volunteers rescued a man off the coast of Exmouth after his boat sank on Tuesday (October 11).
The man was discovered by two off-duty Exmouth Beach Rescue volunteers as daylight was fading.
The inshore lifeboat George Bearman was launched at around 7pm to rescue the man, some 300 metres south of the RNLI station.
The man’s small powerboat had been swamped by waves crashing off the sand bat in easterly winds and had started to sink.
Crew volunteers recovered the man to the D-class lifeboat and searched for around 45 minutes in the dark for his vessel.
The powerboat was found by torchlight and recovered to the beach for the casualty to collect the following day.
Deputy launching authority Freddie Woodcock said: “It was very lucky that the Beach Rescue Club volunteers were in the right place at the right time and spotted the smoke by chance.
“Although the casualty was wearing a suitable lifejacket and carrying flares, his personal Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons failed.
“We advised regular servicing and consideration of VHF radio to be fitted.”