Exmouth RNLI rescues trio on-board broken-down boat drifting out to sea

Exmouth RNLI came to the rescue of three people in a broken-down boat that was drifting out to sea last night (Tuesday, June 16).

The town’s inshore lifeboat was launched after HM Coastguard recieved reports the rigid inflatable vessel was in trouble off Straight Point at around 8.45am.

The stricken boat was found by 9.05pm and towed to safety.

Volunteer RNLI team members then handed the tow over to another vessel crewed by friends of those on board the powerless boat.

There was no damage to the rigid inflatable and no-one was injured.

Exmouth RNLI Helm Scott Ranft said: “We acted on a report of a rigid inflatable boat with three occupants on board that had broken down and [was]drifting off Straight Point.

“Myself and my crew were able to reach the boat very quickly where we fixed a tow and assisted the vessel back to safety.”

The lifeboat was back at its Exmouth seafront HQ and ready for service by 9.55pm.

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