Exmouth RNLI responds to motorboat in difficulty

PUBLISHED: 09:04 04 April 2016 | UPDATED: 09:10 04 April 2016

Exmouth RNLI tows the motorboat to safety.

Exmouth RNLI tows the motorboat to safety.


Exmouth RNLI raced into action to help a motorboat that had suffered engine failure south of Budleigh Salterton.

The incident happened on Saturday, April 2, at 1.08pm, which saw a Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn arrive on the scene.

The crew were four miles south of Otter Point, within 19 minutes of launch.

A tow was established to take the 33-foot motor cruiser to Exmouth Marina.

The boat had suffered engine failure, causing a steering malfunction and the second engine would not start.

The owner from Bristol was on passage to Torbay, across Lyme Bay.

Another crew was sent out on a D class lifeboat to search for people in the water after an empty tender washed up.

A 15-minute search provided no further sightings, so the crew returned to the station.

The tender belonging to the Windjammer was recovered by Exmouth’s Coastguard team earlier in the day.

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