Exmouth's RNLI volunteers called out three times in three hours

PUBLISHED: 11:00 20 July 2016 | UPDATED: 11:06 20 July 2016

The Exmouth RNLI D class ILB George Bearman is brought back to the boathouse following a shout. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 9531-16-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

The Exmouth RNLI D class ILB George Bearman is brought back to the boathouse following a shout. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 9531-16-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

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Exmouth RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was launched three times to three separate incidents last night.

At around 8pm, the lifeboat was launched after reports a jet-skier in trouble off Budleigh Salterton beach. Crews were on the scene within 15 minutes but found no jet-skier in difficulty.

Two hours later volunteers were tasked after a man had gone aground in a 12-foot tender and was flashing a light to attract attention. The lifeboat George Bearman towed the casualty to Shelly Beach.

At 10.45pm the crew was once again tasked this time to a call from four people in a broken down rigid inflatable boat in the River Exe.

George Bearman arrived 150m east of Cockwood and towed them to a pontoon at Starcross.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Kevin Riley has urged anyone in trouble to phone 999 immediately.

He said: “Our station isn’t manned 24/7 and our Crew are volunteers who are called to the station when their pagers are activated by the Coastguard in an emergency when lives are at risk. Please do not hesitate to call 999 if you find yourself in difficulty.”

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