Fishing vessel crew ‘did the right thing’ in rapid reporting of engine room smoke, says Exmouth RNLI

The crew of a fishing vessel has been praised by Exmouth RNLI for their fast response reporting smoke in the boat’s engine room.

Exmouth’s all-weather lifeboat was launched shortly before 5.30am on Saturday, December 14, to escort the stricken boat back to Exmouth Marina where it was met by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service firefighters.

The RNLI crew said the smoke was coming from the vessel’s electrical generator.

Roger Jackson, lifeboat coxswain, said: “The crew of the fishing vessel realised they had a potentially serious problem and did the right thing by calling for help at the earliest opportunity.

“We were pleased to go to their aid and escort them quickly to safety.

“This was a good example of excellent co-ordination with our HM Coastguard and fire service partners that meant this situation was dealt with rapidly and safely.”

Exmouth RNLI said the lifeboat was back on station at 7.30am.


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