Exmouth RNLI and Coastwatch teams come to rescue of stricken sea-goer on stalled jet-ski taking on water

A jet-skier in difficulty across the waves at Dawlish Warren saw Exmouth RNLI and the town’s National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) team called into action.   

Inshore lifeboat Peggy D was launched at around 2.50pm yesterday (Friday, July 17) following reports the stricken vessel had stalled and was taking on water off Red Rock.

Exmouth NCI kept visual contact with the jet-ski before the RNLI crew arrived on the scene at around 3.05pm.

The undamaged jet-ski and its uninjured male rider were towed to near Holcombe where Teignmouth RNLI helped it to land.

Exmouth RNLI helm Harry Griffin said: “This was an unfortunate incident where the rider of the jet-ski had adhered to all the recommended safety precautions – he was attached to a ‘kill cord’ on the vessel, wearing a lifejacket and had other safety equipment including adequate communications, but the jet-ski, that had recently been serviced, suffered a technical failure that resulted in the breakdown.

“Fortunately, with the help of our colleagues in Exmouth National Coastwatch Institution, we were able to pinpoint the casualty location and arrive on scene very quickly.

“I’m pleased the outcome was successful and would like to thank our RNLI colleagues at Teignmouth for their swift response in this joint operation.”

The Exmouth lifeboat was back at its seafront HQ and ready for service by 4.30pm.

It has been launched by volunteer shore crew, Karl Halford, Ed Steele and Doug Wright, and was manned by crew Mr Griffin, Steve Hockings-Thompson and Andy Stott.

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