Exmouth RNLI lifesavers thanked a year later

PUBLISHED: 15:00 13 April 2016 | UPDATED: 15:00 13 April 2016

Casualties hand over a cheque to station volunteers who played a part in their rescue.
Left to right: Deputy Launching Authority, Neil Matson; casualties, Richard Smith and Jared Colclough; Coxswain Steve Hockings-Thompson; Mechanic Mark Sansom and Tractor Driver Neil Cannon. Credit Exmouth RNLI.

Casualties hand over a cheque to station volunteers who played a part in their rescue. Left to right: Deputy Launching Authority, Neil Matson; casualties, Richard Smith and Jared Colclough; Coxswain Steve Hockings-Thompson; Mechanic Mark Sansom and Tractor Driver Neil Cannon. Credit Exmouth RNLI.

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Two men whose lives were saved by Exmouth RNLI have returned to the station one year on to say thank you.

The scene after the powerboat sank a year ago, with inshore lifeboat George Bearman standing guard. Credit Exmouth RNLI.The scene after the powerboat sank a year ago, with inshore lifeboat George Bearman standing guard. Credit Exmouth RNLI.

Jared Colclough and Richard Smith were among four men whose powerboat sank after running out of fuel and taking on water near Straight Point on April 12 last year.

In the short time it took Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn to arrive on scene, the group of four young men were all in the water with only one lifejacket between them.

Their body temperatures had dropped rapidly, especially Jared’s 12 year-old cousin, Dan who was treated immediately by paramedics.

Jared, a taxi driver from Taunton, now carries an RNLI collection box in his cab and is happy to tell passengers his story.

Donations during the past year have totalled £170.21, which Jared and Richard have handed over to station volunteers who played a part in the rescue.

Speaking about how the rescue has transformed his life, Jared said: “I’ve learnt that it’s important to prepare for every eventuality and never to assume everything’s always going to run smoothly at sea.

“I’m determined to improve my training and aim to do as many courses as I can, so I don’t make the same mistakes again.

“Having been in this situation, I have the experience and knowledge to pass on to others.

“As a Sea Cadet instructor, I can give my cadets a first-hand explanation of why wearing lifejackets at sea is essential.

“Now I’m a second mate on board a charity’s sailing boat and used to everyone taking the mickey out of me!”

Jared, along with friends and family, is continuing to raise money for the RNLI, and is currently painting a campervan in lifeboat colours, with which he hopes to help spread the charity’s safety messages and Respect the Water campaign at shows throughout the summer.

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