Lockdown plea after Exmouth RNLI, Royal Navy and coastguard rescue ‘very lucky’ diver in Dorset

Exmouth RNLI rescuers have issued another plea to the public to stick to lockdown rules – after travelling to Dorset to help save a stricken diver.

The lifesaving charity joined a Royal Navy ship and a coastguard helicopter in a search for the man, who was found safe having been adrift at sea for two hours.

The diver was reported missing four miles off the coast of Seatown at around 3.45pm on Saturday, April 25.

The Exmouth RNLI temporary all-weather lifeboat Bridie O’Shea launches for the search. Picture: Chris Sims / RNLI

The Exmouth RNLI temporary all-weather lifeboat Bridie O’Shea launches for the search. Picture: Chris Sims / RNLI

The diver was very lucky indeed and, although I’m very pleased the outcome was good, I would urge everyone to please heed the latest government coronavirus instructions – Exmouth RNLI deputy coxswain Roger Jackson

Exmouth’s RNLI’s temporary all-weather lifeboat was launched and assisted in the search  by Lyme Regis RNLI, Royal Navy ship HMS Tyne, an HM Coastguard helicopter from Newquay and other vessels in the area.

The diver, who had floated three miles from his lasted reported location, was found safe and well and did not require any medical attention. He had lost sight of his dive vessel after his line became detached.

Both the diver and his companion were met by police once back on shore, said Exmouth RNLI.

HMS Tyne assists in the search. Picture: Harry Griffin / RNLI

HMS Tyne assists in the search. Picture: Harry Griffin / RNLI

Deputy Coxswain Roger Jackson said: “The diver was very fortunate to have been located safe and well so quickly.

“Although there was an easterly swell, visibility was good and there were a number of vessels in the locality who came to help in the search.

“We are grateful for the invaluable assistance of our RNLI colleagues from Lyme Regis, the crew of HMS Tyne, Lyme Regis Coastguard Rescue Team, the HM Coastguard helicopter and other vessels in the area that came together in a coordinated effort that led to this successful rescue.

“The diver was very lucky indeed and, although I’m very pleased the outcome was good, I would urge everyone to please heed the latest government coronavirus instructions.”

The route taken by the Exmouth RNLI lifeboat for the search. image: Marine Traffic

The route taken by the Exmouth RNLI lifeboat for the search. image: Marine Traffic

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