Stranded yacht towed into Exmouth Marina

A yacht stranded 6.5 miles off Exmouth was towed to safety today by the resort’s RNLI lifeboat crew.

Solent Coastguard asked the lifeboat to attend after a report was received that the yacht, crewed by experienced sailors, was experiencing engine difficulties and was unable to sail.

Stranded but uninjured, the sailors had been en-route to Torbay from Cherbourg when they ran into difficulties.

Exmouth RNLI Coxswain Steve Hockings-Thompson said: “We reached the disabled yacht very quickly and took action to secure it and ensure the safety of the crew.

“My crew successfully rigged a tow and the vessel was taken into Exmouth Marina. We were glad to help the vessel that was clearly in difficulty.” 

The initial call was received at 11:27am and Exmouth RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat, R & J Welburn, returned to the station at 1:56pm. 

Seas were reported as moderate with a 1.5 metre swell and a south/south westerly wind. 

The lifeboat was crewed by Exmouth RNLI Coxswain Steve Hockings-Thompson, Deputy Coxswain Scott Ranft, Mechanic Mark Sansom, Lifeboat Medical Advisor Peter Aitken, and volunteer crew James Searle, Charles Swales and Guy Munnings.

About Author