Exmouth RNLI rescues drifting powerboat

PUBLISHED: 14:40 26 March 2013 | UPDATED: 14:40 26 March 2013

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Exmouth RNLI volunteers rescued a trio onboard a drifting powerboat whose gearbox had failed near Lympstone.

Exmouth RNLI rescued three people onboard a drifting powerboat being taken by the tide near Lympstone.

The inshore lifeboat was launched on Monday evening to rescue a woman and two men whose 23-foot vessel suffered gearbox failure.

The inshore lifeboat crew towed the vessel to safety.

Ian Taylor, crewman, said: “The casualties told us that the boat had been repaired that same day and they were taking it back to a mooring.

“They had called the mechanic for advice using a mobile phone, but with daylight fading they were advised to call us for help.

“It was lucky they called us out sooner rather than later.”

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