Stricken motorboat rescued by Exmouth RNLI lifeboat

  Posted: 15.09.20 at 15:14 by Joseph Bulmer

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Exmouth RNLI's All Weather Lifeboat was launched this morning to help a broken down motorboat with engine problems.

At 10.22am today, Tuesday, September 15, H.M. Coastguard tasked Exmouth RNLI's All Weather Lifeboat, 13-33 Bridie O’Shea, to a report of a motorboat approximately three miles east of Teignmouth that had lost engine power as a result of a cam belt failure.

The lifeboat and its volunteer crew were launched a few minutes later under the command of Coxswain Steve Hockings-Thompson, and crew members Andy Stott, Paul Balbi, Tim Barnes, Charles Swale and James Searle.

The Lifeboat made its way to the 21ft motor boat where the crew assessed the situation, made safe the three occupants and took the vessel under tow. No one was injured.

Coxswain of Exmouth RNLI’s All Weather Lifeboat, Steve Hockings-Thompson, said “This is the second incident our Lifeboat has attended involving engine failure this week.

"It is essential that water users keep their power units properly serviced and in good order and to ensure that communication equipment is in full working condition.

"Our crew made safe the boat before towing it to Exmouth Marina and we were pleased that this incident resulted in a successful outcome.”

At 1pm the lifeboat had secured the vessel and its crew at Exmouth and was back ready for service a short time afterwards.

RNLI Safety advice for motorboating and yacht sailing can be here.

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