Exmouth RNLI praise for safety-conscious man rescued securing drifting yacht near Lympstone

A man who got into difficulty in the water near Lympstone as he secured his drifting yacht was praised by Exmouth RNLI for his safety measures.

The inshore lifeboat was launched high seas, gusting winds and rain at around 2pm on Thursday, January 16, to help a man reported to be in difficulty on the River Exe as he secured his yacht when it broke from its moorings.

The man made his way back to shore and Exmouth RNLI heaped praise on him for wearing a lifejacket, dry suit, and carrying a radio to alert the Coastguard.

Roy Stott, Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat helm, said: “This gentleman had gone out on the river in poor weather conditions to secure his drifting yacht when he got into difficulties.

“Fortunately, he was wearing a full dry suit, lifejacket and was carrying a radio that were undoubtedly features that prevented his situation from becoming much more serious.

“We would urge anyone venturing out onto the river to take similar precautions to help ensure their safety on the water, especially in poor weather conditions.”

The inshore lifeboat crew secured the drifting vessel then returned to base.

An Exmouth RNLI spokesman said: “The individual had been attending to his 28ft thin keeled yacht that had broken from its mooring on the River Exe just off Lympstone.

“He got into difficulties in the water and alerted HM Coastguard.

“He had managed to make his way back to shore where the lifeboat crew gave medical checks.

“No injuries were sustained and further medical assistance was not required.

“The crew then set about securing the drifting vessel before returning to Exmouth RNLI lifeboat station.”

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