Sand movement forces change of launch location for Exmouth lifeboat

A lifeboat being pulled up the ramp at Exmouth

A lifeboat being pulled up the ramp at Exmouth - Credit: Archant

Sand movement on the beach has forced Exmouth RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat to be launched from the Exe Estuary. 

The R and J Welburn is now being launched from a mooring near Exmouth Marina as it cannot safely be deployed from the Queen’s Drive base. 

Exmouth RNLI said recent sand movement at the bottom of the ramp means the change had to be made. 

Meanwhile, the d-class lifeboat is still located at the station and can be launched from a public slipway on the beach. 

Preliminary ground investigations have now been completed and designs are being prepared for necessary alterations to the ramp in order to return the all-weather lifeboat to the station. 

A spokesman for Exmouth RNLI said: “The crew have shown continued commitment and dedication in unforeseen circumstances, and the lifeboat has remained on service throughout. 

“We would like to give huge thanks to our volunteers and the local community in Exmouth for their continued support.  

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“We know people have various questions relating to this work.” 

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