Man rescued off Exmouth coast after fishing boat drifts out to sea

PUBLISHED: 09:40 03 July 2015 | UPDATED: 09:54 03 July 2015

Exmouth RNLI Lifeboat

Exmouth RNLI Lifeboat

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A man had to be rescued by the RNLI off the coast of Exmouth after his boat was swept out to sea.

The inshore lifeboat ‘George Bearman’ was launched at around 1030pm on Tuesday, July 1, after reports that a boat was being swept out to sea.

A 999 call was made by a member of the casualty’s family saying he had no lights, lifejacket, flares or radio on board his 21-foot fishing boat – which also had a struggling engine.

Three volunteers on board the inshore lifeboat towed the fishing vessel to safety and dropped the casualty off at Starcross Pier.

The Shannon-class lifeboat was also initially launched but was stood down once it became clear the situation was being dealt with.

Lifeboat operations manager, Kevin Riley, said: “I made the decision to launch both lifeboats and the inshore was on the water within minutes.

“Helm Scott Ranft spotted a vessel with no lights opposite the station in the channel and it was slowly being swept out the sea in a strong ebbing tide - It was the reported vessel.”


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