Two yachts rescued by lifeboats

PUBLISHED: 18:16 23 July 2013 | UPDATED: 18:16 23 July 2013

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Exmouth RNLI had a busy afternoon on Monday when they were called to rescue two yachts in difficulty in Lyme Bay.

The first incident occurred at 2.55pm, when the all-weather lifeboat Margaret Jean went to the aid of a ketch in difficulty, 5.3 nautical miles east south east of Straight Point.

The 30 foot yacht had various mechanical failures, and experienced trouble in drifting fog, and the lifeboat towed it with three men aboard to the visitors’ mooring in the River Exe.

The second incident, at 5.55pm, saw the inshore lifeboat, George Bearman, being launched to a catamaran, Harmony, which was experiencing difficulties due to lack of wind and a faulty engine drive coupling, two miles off Straight Point, and towing it back to Exmouth Marina.

Exmouth RNLI Coxswain Mechanic Tim Mock said; “Mechanical failures are all too common and most can be avoided by good maintenance and preparation. The conditions today in the fog, would be a concern for anyone stranded or broken down out at sea, as they are unable to get out of the way of other vessels. We were pleased to help get them in to safety.”

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