Exmouth RNLI stop unsafe and overloaded speedboat

An overloaded and unsafe speedboat carrying five men not wearing lifejackets was stopped by Exmouth RNLI crew on Sunday evening.

The inshore lifeboat crew intercepted the unsafe vessel at Mamhead slipway after Exmouth National Coastwatch Institution volunteers (NCI) asked the RNLI to investigate.

An Exmouth RNLI spokeswoman said: “They were asked to investigate a suspicious boat which National Coastwatch Institution volunteers had spotted during a routine watch.

“The small speedboat was moving up the river Exe channel and there was concern for the welfare of the occupants as it looked unseaworthy.

“Inshore lifeboat George Bearman II launched to intercept the vessel close to Mamhead Slipway at 6.35pm.

“Five young men were onboard. None were wearing lifejackets in an unsafe and overloaded speedboat.

“One of the Crew volunteers gave important safety advice.”

Exmouth RNLI

The Exmouth RNLI crew, with the Shannon-class R and J Welburn, towed a fishing charter boat to safety after the vessel suffered gearbox failure.
Photo: Exmouth RNLI

Earlier, Exmouth RNLI volunteers towed a charter angling boat with 12 people onboard to safety; the vessel suffered gearbox failure around half a mile south of Exmouth lifeboat station.

Shortly after, as the Shannon-class lifeboat R and J Welburn returned to Exmouth, RNLI lifeguards requested pain relief help for a woman on the beach with a suspected fractured collarbone.

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