Exmouth RNLI rescues 83-year-old man

PUBLISHED: 11:27 04 December 2008 | UPDATED: 14:43 09 April 2010

AN 83-year-old man whose yacht was on Wednesday night stuck on a sandbar was rescued by Exmouth RNLI.

AN 83-year-old man whose yacht was on Wednesday night stuck on a sandbar was rescued by Exmouth RNLI.

The alarm was raised at 8pm on by the pensioner's wife, who called the emergency service after she was unable to reach her husband on his mobile phone.

She became worried for his safety after he failed to arrive home at an arranged time and when she tried his mobile phone, she found the signal was dead.

The woman had last spoken to her husband at 6.30pm - when he told her his 22-foot vessel Moonshadow was stuck on the sandbar and he was waiting for the tide to turn.

Exmouth RNLI launched the inshore, all-weather and boarding boats to search for the pensioner.

When the man was found he was checked out by an RNLI doctor and his yacht was towed back to shore after it was found to be suffering from engine problems.

Exmouth lifeboat operations manager Kevin Riley said the decision to launch three boats was made because of the plummeting temperatures.


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