Exmouth RNLI rescues sailor with serious shoulder injury after he fell on deck

Exmouth RNLI came to the rescue of a man with a serious injury aboard a 40ft motor cruiser on the River Exe.

The casualty suffered ‘nasty’ damage to his shoulder after he slipped and fell while on the deck of the vessel which was moored off Starcross.

HM Coastguard raised the alarm at around 1.20am on Friday (August 21) as the sailor was in need of ‘urgent attention’.

Exmouth’s RNLI temporary lifeboat Bridie O’Shea was launched and battled ‘challenging’ conditions to reach the motor cruiser.

Three crew then boarded, gave first-aid and helped the vessel to shore where an ambulance was waiting.

Exmouth RNLI coxswain Steve Hockings-Thompson said: “The injured person had slipped, fallen on deck and sustained a nasty injury.

“Even on the River Exe, the conditions were severe with strong currents and winds gusting at 40 knots that made manoeuvring a challenge.

“For that reason and taking into account the injury sustained by the man, we decided not to conduct a transfer to the lifeboat.

“Three of my crew took charge of the vessel and administered first-aid to the casualty, who was taken to the marina and a waiting ambulance.

“We were pleased to be of assistance and wish the gentleman a speedy recovery.”

The lifeboat was commanded by coxswain Mr Hockings-Thompson and crewed by volunteers Andrew Stott, Harry Griffin, Guy Munnings, James Earle and David Preece.

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