Exmouth RNLI rescue two men on board a 17-foot yacht

PUBLISHED: 15:21 29 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:21 29 October 2018

Recovery of George Bearman II. Picture: Exmouth RNLI

Recovery of George Bearman II. Picture: Exmouth RNLI

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Lifesaving volunteers have urged people to ring 999 first in an emergency after facing a race against time to get a casualty to his medicine this morning (Monday, October 29).

After being called out at around 10.45am following reports of a 17-foot yacht run aground in the River Exe, Exmouth RNLI crew members discovered that one of the two men aboard the vessel was diabetic and needed insulin ‘within the hour’.

Both were quickly taken back to Exmouth Marina by the inshore lifeboat George Bearman II.

When the crew returned to the lifeboat station, it emerged that the first call was made to the RNLI shop at the Queen’s Drive base.

Helm David Preece said this ‘wasted valuable time’ and urged people to call 999 in the first instance and ask for the coastguard.

He said: “If our pagers had been set off a little earlier, we may have been able to tow the yacht off the sandbank to the nearest lorry park.

“As a result, we had to leave their yacht in the river and wait for a local boat yard company to recover it in the next tide.

“As soon as you find yourself, or see someone who may be in difficulty, please call 999 and ask for the coastguard.”

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