Exmouth RNLI launched to help men – with no oars or lifejackets – in ‘out-of-control’ inflatable rowing boat

A duo in an ‘out-of-control’ inflatable rowing boat off Exmouth – with no oars or lifejackets – had to be helped by the RNLI this afternoon.

The lifesaving charity has issued a safety warning to beachgoers after it was tasked to the incident at around 1pm.

Exmouth National Coastwatch Institute (NCI) had spotted two men in the vessel off the seafront, near to the town’s old lifeboat station.

The inflatable ‘appeared to be drifting out-of-control’ and Exmouth RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was launched.

Assistance and advice was given to the pair who had no oars, lifejackets or buoyancy aids, according to the volunteer crew.

Helm Harry Griffin said: “I must emphasise the importance at this present time for members of the public taking extra care before they go out on the water.

“We currently await deployment of our lifeguards, and it’s vital that individuals ensure that they are aware of the weather, tide conditions, have proper safety equipment,including lifejackets, and a means of communication.

“High tide tomorrow is at 2.07pm and we are expecting easterly winds over the next few days.

“These can lead to unpredictable swells and tide conditions and so I would advise extra vigilance.”

The Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat was manned by volunteer crew Mr Griffin, Henry Mock and Matt Bragg.

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