Lifeboats called out to rescue yacht in difficulty

PUBLISHED: 10:57 13 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:57 13 August 2018

The Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn

The Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn

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Lifeboat volunteers from Exmouth rescued a 23-foot yacht in difficulty on Sunday (August 12).

The vessel’s engine had become ‘swamped’ half a mile south of Exmouth RNLI’s station. The d-class inshore lifeboat George Bearman II launched at around 1.15pm following a mayday call.

The Shannon-class R and J Welburn was also called out and a crew volunteer boarded the yacht and successfully started the engine.

A woman was taken ashore at around 2pm and the yacht was towed into deeper water with R and J Welburn standing by until after low water.

At around 4pm the yacht was taken to a mooring in the River Exe. A man was taken ashore at Exmouth Marina.

Deputy Coxswain, Roger Jackson said: “Once Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn was on scene, it was clear that it was a game of patience to wait for the tide to rise and not risk us going aground.

“It was pretty lumpy out there and the crew demonstrated skills we practice regularly during training.”

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