Sidmouth Lifeboat escorts stricken boat back to safety after vessel breaks down

A motorboat that broke down one mile off Sidmouth on Saturday morning (August 8) was escorted back to safety by the town’s lifeboat.

Sidmouth Lifeboat was launched shortly before 9.30am after reports a vessel with two people onboard had broken down.

The lifeboat crew, Ian Fletcher, Guy Bennett, Jim Brewster, Dave Pearce, escorted the stricken vessel after the motorboat was restarted and made its way back to shore unaided.

A Sidmouth Lifeboat spokeswoman said: “Sidmouth Lifeboat was tasked to a broken-down aluminium motorboat, one mile south of Sidmouth beach with two people on board.

“The lifeboat launched and while proceeding to the casualty vessel, they managed to restart and make their way to shore under their own steam and the watchful eye of the lifeboat.”

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