Exmouth RNLI rescue injured teenager

Exmouth’s newly-blessed all-weather lifeboat swung into action to rescue a teenager shortly after a service to officially open the multi-million pound RNLI boathouse.

Francis Marshall, 15, was injured two miles out to sea when the mast of a catamaran hit him, cutting his head.

The teenager had been picked up by a passing Customs cutter while the catamaran was taken under tow by a passing fishing boat until the injured teenager and a passenger could be transferred to the newly-blessed lifeboat, Margaret Jean.

The teenager’s father Mick Marshall, from Exmouth, said: “My son received a few stitches to his head but is alright now.

“I’d like to thank all those involved in helping him, including the people on the Customs boat and the RNLI.”

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An RNLI spokeswoman said: “Andy Smith, lifeboatman and paramedic, went on board the ship to assess the casualty.

“They were then transferred to the newly-blessed all-weather lifeboat using the Customs rigid inflatable boat.

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“The guests at the opening ceremony saw the casualty brought ashore at Exmouth lifeboat station and reunited with his waiting parents.

“He was taken to hospital by ambulance.”

The all-weather lifeboat was blessed by Reverend Stephen Hoyle.

Both lifeboats were launched to give guests a demonstration of a mock rescue – but minutes later the visitors were shown the real deal when the crew sprang into action to rescue the injured teenager.

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